“FURRY LISA” LESSON on GOD PROTECTS HIS CHILDREN

SONG: Furry Lisa

(This lesson should be given after “THE GOOD SHEPHERD LESSON” which covers the first part of Psalm 23)

 

Scripture:

Psalm 23:4-6

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil: for You are with me.

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies

You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life

And I will dwell in the house of Yahweh forever.

 

Theme: God is the Good Shepherd

 

LESSON FOR CHILDREN

 

God is the Good Shepherd. Shepherds lead their sheep to green pastures and water. But sometimes, getting to those places can be hard. Sometimes the path to the still waters is scary and dark. We can know that even then, Jesus can protect us!

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil: for You are with me.

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

God can fight off our enemies, those “roaring lions” with His big staff! [Show “staff” in a picture]

But sometimes we end up in scary places because we stop following the Good Shepherd! We wander off and get lost. Sometimes when God says “Go right!”, we go left! Is this the Good Shepherd’s fault? No! It is our own fault! When we disobey God, we can end up lost or in trouble. When we disobey our parents, we can end up lost or in trouble. Can you think of a time when you disobeyed your mom or dad and got hurt? [Take examples.] So, you see, we must be obedient sheep to stay safe.

But the Good Shepherd doesn’t forget us when we wander off. He doesn’t stop loving us. Rather, He calls out to us to come home. He calls out our name, so we can follow His voice back to His safety.

Will you recognize the Good Shepherd’s voice when He calls out to you?

Jesus said His sheep follow Him, for they know His voice.

How do we learn to recognize God’s voice? By listening to it. You can recognize your mom’s voice, right? Why? Because you’ve been listening to it from before you were born! We learn God’s voice by listening to Him. One way we can listen to God is by reading His Good Book, the Bible! When you read the Word of God, you are learning to recognize His voice!

Jesus goes on to say, “And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.” (John 10:4b-5)

How often have your parents told you NOT to speak to strangers? A stranger could be friend or foe, you don’t know. So for your protection, it is wise for children NOT to speak to strangers.

There are many voices in the world. Some tell you to do bad things! This is NOT the voice of your Father. We need to stay away from people and voices that tell us to do bad things. Have you ever seen a cartoon where there’s a little devil whispering in someone’s one ear and there is an angel whispering in the other ear? The devil whispers “Cheat on your test!” and the angel, as a messenger representing God, whispers, “Don’t cheat!” The devil whispers, “Steal that toy. You want it don’t you? Just take it.” But what did God say? “You shall NOT steal!” Can you think of a time when the devil tempted you to do something wrong? [Wait for response.]

Do you know even Jesus was tempted by the devil to disobey God? But because Jesus knew what God had said, what was written in the Holy Scriptures, He was not fooled by the devil. We don’t want to be fooled by the devil, either, so we study the Word of God!

So, whose voice will you follow? If you listen to the devil, you’ll be led into the dark woods further and further away from God. But listen! He is calling you back. He says, “Turn around and come to me!” Then we should feel sorry that we disobeyed and run back to Him and ask Him to forgive us our disobedience.

And because God loves us, He will always welcome us back home when we return to Him and His ways!

 

PRAYER

Dear Father, You are my Good Shepherd. Please help me not to stray away from you. Help me to always follow you obediently. Help me to know your voice. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

LYRICS

Furry Lisa

 

Furry Lisa Lamb wand’ring alone, where will you go? How will you know?

Which is the pathway back to pastures green, your Shepherd calls, “Come back to Me!

 

Furry Lisa Lamb wand’ring alone, where will you go? How will you know?

Which is the pathway back to pastures green, your Shepherd calls, “Come back to Me!

 

My Furry Lisa, little lamb, lost in the land, come back to me. Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!

My Furry Lisa Lamb, My Furry Lisa Lamb….

 

…. wand’ring alone, where will you go? How will you know?

Which is the pathway back to pastures green, your Shepherd calls, “Come back to Me!

 

My Furry Lisa, little lamb, lost in the land, come back to me. Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!

My Furry Lisa Lamb, My Furry Lisa Lamb….

 

 

Narrator:

Poor Furry Lisa…. She just wandered off one day all by herself

She wandered deeper & deeper into the dark forest and further and further away from her flock and her shepherd

 

SH:

Hurry, Furry Lisa, hurry!

The storm is coming! Follow my voice.

Come back to me. Hurry, Furry Lisa, hurry!

 

FL:

Shepherd, shepherd, where are you?

I’m coming, I hear you!

It’s me –

Sung:

 

Furry Lisa Lamb, I’m all alone.

I’m coming home

Though I did roam

 

SH:

Furry Lisa Lamb, welcome back home!

You’re not alone

You’re back with me!

 

Suggested Movements

This song is more like a story. It is suggested that a lamb puppet be used. The teacher can act out the song and the children can watch and listen. Perhaps you can choose some children to learn the song and to act it out. Cast: Good Shepherd, Furry Lisa.

 

Suggested Props:

Painting/photo of the Good Shepherd with staff; actual staff; lamb puppet

Suggested Activities:

Discussion of if anyone was ever lost; make sheep pictures with cotton; tell children in advance to bring their sheep toys; make sheep puppets out of white socks; teacher may come dressed as a shepherd with a staff.

 

Scriptural References For Teachers and Parents

“…and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. (John 10:4b-5)

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