My Heavenly Father Loves Me

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click here to downloadA few years ago I came across this beautiful arrangement of My Heavenly Father Loves Me by Lyle Hadlock. He composes and arranges beautiful music, check out his website. This arrangement is for vocal, piano and flute and it’s simple enough that the kids won’t be confused. I love the key change and the ending, simple and perfect. And it’s free. Thank you Lyle Hadlock!
When I’ve taught this song in the past I’ve used objects. See the list below. There are a couple of ways to do this.

1) Put the objects on a table. Sing the first line, have the kids repeat. Choose a child to pick the object that goes with that phrase and stand in line at the front of the room. Continue with the next line. This is great for Junior Primary.

2) Just start singing and handing out the objects as you go. Do the first four lines and then have the children sing with you and the kids holding the objects try to get themselves in order at the front of the room. Sing it again to see if they got it right. Then do the same for the rest of the verse. This is geared more toward Senior Primary.

Whenever I hear the song of a bird             stuffed animal bird
Or look at the blue, blue sky,                       blue fabric that can be waved above the head
Whenever I feel the rain on my face            small spray bottle set on mist
Or the wind as it rushes by,                         hand fan
Whenever I touch a velvet rose                   fake rose
Or walk by our lilac tree,                            fake lilac branch or just a branch  
I’m glad that I live in this beautiful world  small globe
Heav’nly Father created for me.                child pointing to himself
He gave me my eyes that I might see          glasses or child pointing to their eyes
The color of butterfly wings.                       toy butterfly
He gave me my ears that I might hear        child pointing to their ears
The magical sound of things.                      small bell or instrument
He gave me my life, my mind, my heart:     mirror
I thank him rev’rently                                 child folding arms as if praying
For all his creations, of which I’m a part.  clear container filled with small toy animals, fruit, plants, etc.
Yes, I know Heav’nly Father loves me.       paper or stuffed heart

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