Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Riddle and Mystery: A Program on the Big Questions for Grade 6

Alternate Activity 2: Song - Life Is the Greatest Gift of All

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Copy(ies) of the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook Singing the Living Tradition
  • Optional: A recording of the song, and a music player

Preparation for Activity

  • Decide how best to present the song "Life Is the Greatest Gift of All," Hymn 331 in Singing the Living Tradition-reading the words, singing together or playing a recording. If you wish, invite a musical volunteer to help lead this activity.
  • Obtain copies of Singing the Living Tradition, the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook.
  • Optional: Ask the music director or choir director to make a recording of the song.

Description of Activity

Remind/tell the group that Unitarian Universalists often express our ideas in hymns. Introduce "Life Is the Greatest Gift of All" Hymn 331 from Singing the Living Tradition in a manner comfortable for you. Ask for reactions:

  • Do participants like the song? What do they like about it?
  • Does it seem to say anything about today's Big Question?

Ask the group:

  • What does the song suggest UUs should do in response to the gift called life?

An answer comes at the end of the first verse, which says to treasure the gift and offer back "deeds of shining worth." Engage the group to name "deeds of shining worth" they can, or do, offer-either individually, as the Riddle and Mystery group or as part of their family or another group to which they belong. Suggest the group's Faith in Action projects may be such deeds. Guide youth to articulate how such deeds express thanks for the gift of life.