Album: For Those Who Wait
Label: Flicker Records
Song: For Those Who Wait
Writer: Kirk Moore
Ministry: Union Congregational United Church of Christ
Location: Somonauk, Illinois
Perseverance, Patience, Advocacy
Students will discuss patience in their lives as they follow God’s guidance. They’ll also be challenged to be advocates for those who wait.
Wait for it. These are a series of games to communicate patience. One game is played exactly like “Simon Says,” with one exception. Each move is done after a long time of waiting. If a player doesn’t wait for the move, they must sit and wait for the rest of the players to finish the round. Another game is a relay with eyedroppers, water, and small cups. Each team must fill the cup to a certain level using only the eyedropper. Teams may not run and the game is only over when the leader declares all students patient enough and ready to move on to what is next.
Say: It was hard to wait for the next instruction of the leader or for the cup to be filled with the tiny bits of water from the eyedropper. But I must congratulate all of you for showing extraordinary patience as you waited for both of these games to be over. Are you ready for a reward? I’m going to play a song about . . . patience!
Play For Those Who Wait from Fireflight
During the song, have students write as many words that communicate patience. Ask them also to write words of encouragement that they could share with those who wait.
Say: Our lives are filled with times of waiting. And as tough as it is to hear when we are in the seemingly endless waiting times, our patience helps to build our character. It helps us to be stronger people. It helps us to rely on God for strength instead of relying on ourselves.
Bible Study 1:
Invite students to read
- Isaiah 40:31
- Romans 15:4-5
- James 1:19-20
- What do you think “Wait upon the Lord” means?
- How are patience, comfort, and hope connected?
- How does “quick to listen, slow to speak” work for you?
- How to these verses encourage you to have patience in your life?
- How has patience helped you to grow?
Bible Study 2:
This song expresses the benefits of living patiently. The video also adds an element of advocacy for the violin player who has been so patient. A teacher becomes the student’s advocate and helps them to persevere in their dream of getting a music education. The Bible has much to say about advocacy for those who are waiting for food, homes, or just enough to get by.
Have the students read
- Proverbs 31:8-9
- Micah 6:6-8
- Luke 14:12-14
- How do you think you can defend the rights of the poor and the needy?
- Where can you act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God this week?
- What do you think it would be like if we hosted a banquet like the one Jesus described?
Wrap-up: We’ve learned today about patience and growth. We’ve also learned about advocacy for those who wait for even basic life necessities. Let’s remember to trust God as we continue to learn patience and continue to be advocates for God’s justice.
Closing prayer: Thank you, God, for giving us patience and strength. Thank you for helping us to grow in our walk with you. Help us, as we grow in faith, to share your good news with all and to be advocates for your justice for those who wait. Amen.