One way that we can worship is by giving. Our chapel team has decided that we can show our love by giving to the community of Pullman. Earlier in the year, we collected warm weather clothing such as coats, hats, and gloves for the people in Pullman. Last week, our chapel team collected hygiene products to be donated. Upon entering the gym, I noticed boxes full of toothbrushes and soap. Students are learning to share their blessings with those in need. It is part of worship.
Another way that we can worship is by singing and dancing. During our last chapel, a group of 4th grade girls performed a liturgical dance to the song "The Great I Am." The dance helped us focus our thoughts on the words of the song and the power of God. They did a great job leading in worship. My favorite part of the song was watching how it affected the other students in the crowd. There were a couple kindergarteners near the front that were doing the moves along with the girls. It was so touching to see those little arms lifted naturally in worship. They wanted to sing and dance along with the music. It brought tears to my eyes...I was humbled by watching those children worship God in complete abandon.
Another way that we can worship is through our writing. In the afternoon, we once again had time for blogging about Chapel. As a class, we talked about worship again and what it means. We talked about what we had experienced on Ash Wednesday and the promises of Easter. Then I played the song "The Great I Am," and the students began blogging. The students immediately began writing and so did I. As the last notes of the sound died out, the pencils kept moving. After about 20 minutes of quiet writing, I gave the students time to share. Once again, I was so impressed by their reverent attitude and respectful behaviors. They were so excited to share what they had written, and some just wanted to keep writing. Later in the day, I had time to read some of what they had written. What a joy to a teacher's heart to read the words written. I was especially impressed with one student who often has trouble during writing time. He never seems to have an idea to write about and has trouble getting his thoughts down on paper. However, in his blog, he wrote more than a page! He was able to express his love for Jesus and his thoughts about worship in his own way.
At the end of the day, it has been our tradition for the Teacher's Pet to share how they saw God that day. We have been keeping track of the ways the past 30 days. The students have shared that they have seen God in the actions of their friends; the changes in weather; a beautiful sunrise on the way to school. When we open our eyes to look for God, we can see him everywhere. That is worship. Opening our eyes to see the love of God all around us, and then giving back.... giving back with gifts for others... giving back in songs and prayers, dances and writing. What a blessing to be able to worship in so many ways.