For the past four summers we’ve held a Worship Arts Camp. Our stated purpose is threefold:

  1. To deepen our children’s understanding of biblical worship;
  2. To help them discover and develop their musical and artistic gifts;
  3. And to ignite their hearts to use their gifts for God’s glory and ministry in Christ’s church.

The week is structured a lot like a Vacation Bible School, with a kids musical/drama functioning as the main “curriculum.” The kids spend the week in a day camp setting, preparing all aspects of the musical. The week then culminates in a performance Sunday morning in the worship service.

We use the term “performance” loosely here, because we work to help our kids understand that they are leading our congregation in worship that morning. They are not “putting on a show;” instead, they are leading us to respond to God. Since this is the case, we wanted the subject matter of the musical to fit with our pastor’s teaching schedule. So, during a summer when our pastor was teaching through the Psalms, we wrote Seasons of Praise, a musical based on the Psalms.

In our careful reading of the Psalms, we learn that the Psalmists were (gasp) real people.

They went through difficult things just like we do.
They got angry.
They mourned hurts and losses.

But every life situation, no matter how difficult, served to form a backdrop for worship of their Creator and Redeemer. It wasn’t just that they praised God in spite of their circumstances. They understood God as their Sovereign Lord, and so they praised Him through, in the midst of, each season of their lives. That priority to “praise at all times” is to be ours as well. In every circumstance, He remains our Father, and we His adopted sons and daughters through Jesus Christ. Because this is always, always true, we praise Him whatever the season.