In these first few weeks of the year in the Level I atrium, we concentrate on creating community.  We begin to build our shared understanding of the gift of being together in our specially prepared space.

We do this through introductions to:

— lessons of grace and courtesy: How do we walk in the atrium? How do we choose our workspace?

— practical life lessons: How do we arrange flowers to make our space beautiful? How do we deliberately and carefully wash our hands?

— pieces of our liturgical puzzle: Why do we dress our table in green? Because it’s growing time!

Another key means for us to get to know each other is to sing songs, especially simple, joyful songs that celebrate what we — adults and children alike — already know and appreciate as God’s gifts to our worlds.

The first Sunday of atrium we sang “God is so Good.”  The lyrics and melody are imminently uncomplicated, but I find such joy in the unexpected, spontaneous contributions of the children.

We sing the first verse all the way through and then ask, “What are you thankful for in your life?”  The hands go up fast, and we collect three examples of gifts.  We sing.  Then we do it again.  And again.  Sometimes –especially in a full circle of teeming, squiggly little persons — we need to stop before everyone has a turn.  We promise to do it again next week.

In the meantime, why not try it at home?   Here are the basic lyrics, along with some real contributions from Sunday and a link to the couldn’t-be-simpler sheet music, in case you’re interested in knowing more.  Enjoy!

God is so good

God is so good

God is so good

God’s so good to me.

God gives us flowers

God gives us movies

God gives us fireplaces

God’s so good to me.

God gives us presents

God gives us Lightning McQueen

God gives us atrium

God’s so good to me.