Use this free Bible lesson in your Sunday School or Children’s Church. It shows how God’s works in creation are designed to bring him praise. In particular, this study will show how God’s children are made to bring him Glory.
Gospel Connection: As we see in these passages, God created the whole universe, including the stars. The stars of one of God’s most impressive creations. They are fundamental in pointing a lost world to Jesus because their existence proclaims a Creator. They were not just developed by chance and cause an unbelieving world to question their origin.
Learning Aim: Children will learn that God created all of the stars and knows them all by name. Children will learn that the stars proclaim His glory. Children will learn that they are more precious to God than even the stars.
Lesson Title: The Stars Proclaim His Glory
Bible Reference: Psalm 147:4; Psalm 19:1-4a; Psalm 8:3-4
Target Age Group: K4-2nd grade
Learning Context: Sunday School
Target Time Frame: 45 minutes
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Memory Verse: Psalm 19:1 “The Heaven’s declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”
Basic Supply List:
- Black Construction Paper
- Star Shaped Cookie Cutters
Note: In the teaching plan below the words in italics are meant to be read aloud. The regular text is simply directions for the teacher.
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Introduction: Begin the lesson by introducing the idea of stars. Ask children to close their eyes. Say, Imagine that you are sitting outside late at night. You look up and what do you see? Stars! Hundreds and hundreds of beautiful shining stars. Some are twinkling, while others are making pictures in the night sky. Who do you think created the stars? Children should answer that God created the stars. That’s right, God created the stars. Today we are going to learn a little bit more about stars and why God created them.
Biblical Evidence: Read each passage to the class and then explain what it means.
“He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.” Psalm 147:4 –Say, When God created the world He also created the stars. God knows how many stars there are and He gave each star its own name. Naming all of the thousands of stars is a big job. We should be glad that it is not our job to keep track of all of the stars. That is something that only God can do.
Next read Psalm 19:1-4a. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. 3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. 4 Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” –Say, The stars don’t speak with words like we do, but they speak in their own way. Every time we see stars they are a reminder of the God who created them. We are not the only people who can see the stars. They can be seen all over the Earth by all people on Earth. In some places in the world there are people who don’t know about God. The stars can speak to these people by making them wonder who created the stars and maybe someday they will understand that there is a God who created the stars and controls the universe.
Lastly, read Psalm 8:3-4. “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” -Say, When we think about how wonderful the stars it might seem like they are one of God’s most wonderful creations. But there is something that God created that He cares for even more than the stars. Can you guess what it is? Us! God’s love for us is even greater than all the stars in the sky.
Starry Night: Give each child a piece of black construction paper and chalk. Show them how to make dots on the paper with the chalk. This will look like stars in the sky at night. While the children are working remind them of the memory verse, “The Heaven’s declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands”-Psalm 19:1. Say, When we look at the stars at night we get to see a beautiful picture that God created. No one else could have created something as grand as the stars, only God.
Shining Bright: Using a pencil, poke several small holes into a piece of black construction paper. Dim the lights and place the black paper in from of a flash light. This will make it look like the black paper has shining stars on it. While showing the children the stars, remind them that God’s creation reaches everyone in the world. God’s creation, such as the stars, can help people to see God even if they have never heard His name.
Extension Activity: Give each child star shaped cookie cutters and play doh and let them play.
Star Leg Review: Have all of the children sit in a circle on the floor with their legs spread out and their feet touching. This should create a star shape. While sitting in the star shape, pass a ball around the circle and repeat the bible verse, Psalm 19:1. Whoever has the ball when you are finished repeating the verse is out. Keep playing until only one student is left in the circle.