Music in the News
group magazine: July-August, 1995
From: July/August 1995 Group Magazine
Keywords: Music Thankfulness
MUSIC IN THE NEWS
Ideas for using Top 40 music in your programming.
SONG: "Thank You" (from the release...Boyz II Men II)
ARTIST: Boyz II Men
SYNOPSIS: The singers offer this song as their thanks to someone who means a lot to them.
ACTIVITY: Play a game of Thanks a Lot! Give teenagers each a candy bar or another packaged treat. Say: For the next few minutes, thank someone for something, then give the person your candy bar. Say thanks either for something you're truly thankful for or for something completely fictional or sarcastic. Thank someone only if you have a candy bar to give them. And you must all end up with just one candy bar.
Warn kids when playing time is about over so they can be sure everyone ends up with a candy bar. While kids eat their candy, ask: What was it like to receive both honest and false thanks? How important is it to thank people for what they've done?
Play the song. Then ask: How do the singers say "thanks" to someone? When is the last time you thanked God?
Have volunteers read aloud Psalm 7:17, 28:7, 35:18 and 118:28-29. Ask: How did the psalmist give thanks to God? How can we make thankfulness a part of our daily lives? How can our thankful attitudes affect our relationships with others?
Have volunteers close in prayer by thanking God for the gift of Jesus and the ability to learn more about God's love in this group.
Then thank kids individually for their contribution to the group.