I am so excited about this month’s study! It is a fun song, that I remember fondly from my childhood. When I was doing my research I looked up “Rise and Shine” because that is what we called it, but I learned that it is also often referred to as Arky Arky. This is a bit different than most of the traditional hymns that we feature because it is a song that was written for children.
So rise and shine, and give God the glory, glory.
Rise and shine, and give God the glory, glory.
Rise and shine, and give God the glory, glory,
children of the Lord.
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The author of this fun song is unknown and the song appears in several different hymnals and collections including the Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New. This is not one I traditionally heard on Sunday during church, except maybe Sunday school, but rather, it was a song sung at camp, vacation Bible school, or other fun children’s programs.
In addition to the chorus, there are six verses that accompany the song. These verses share about the story of Noah and the Ark in fun rhyming lyrics that are easy to remember and enjoyable to sing.
As you are studying this song and enjoying some of the many versions that are available, there are many ways to extend this study. If you have a young child, you can use the verses that talk about the animals coming on the ark by twos to practice skip counting. You can also talk about and study the animals that are mentioned in the song. For example, you could watch elephants on a live webcam from the zoo or research some of the unique characteristics of a Kangaroo to appreciate God as our creator.
I am excited to also share with you that Nana from You Are An Artist Chalk Pastels is doing a great painting to go along with this camp song today. To check out the fun Rise and Shine art lesson from You Are An Artist Chalk Pastels you need to be a You Are An Artist Clubhouse Member! This brand new lesson is a part of their Summer Art Camp and one of many courses that are included in the You Are An Artist Clubhouse membership.
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