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12 Disciples Rhyme

Peter, Andrew, James, and John,
fisherman of Capernaum.
Thomas and St. Matthew too,
Philip and Bartholomew.
James and also Thaddeus,
Simon and the one named Judas.
Twelve disciples here in all,
following the Master’s call.

This is to the tune from "Jesus Loves Me This I Know".

Jesus called them one by one
Peter, Andrew, James and John
Next came Philip, Thomas, too
Matthew and Barthlomew.
James, the one they called the Less
Simon, also Thaddeus
The twelfth disciple Judas made,
Jesus was by him betrayed.

Yes, Jesus called them.
Yes, Jesus called them.
Yes, Jesus called them.
He called them one by one

Older children may prefer this marching cadence:

(Leader) Jesus called them one by one
(Children) Peter, Andrew, James and John
(Leader) Next came Philip, Thomas, too
(Children) Matthew and Barthlomew.
(Leader) James, the one they called the Less
(Children) Simon, also Thaddeus
(Leader) The twelfth disciple Judas made,
(Children) Jesus was by him betrayed.

(Leader) Sound off,
(Children) One Two
(Leader) Sound off,
(Children) Three Four
(Leader) Sound off,
(Children) One two three four
(Both) One two
(Both) Three four

The Plague Song *

by Craig Sing to the tune of "This Old Man

First God sent,
Plague number one,
Turned the Nile into blood.
All the people in Egypt were feeling pretty low
They told Pharaoh “Let them Go!”

Then God sent,
Plague number two,
Jumping frogs all over you.
All the people in Egypt were feeling pretty low
They told Pharaoh “Let them Go!”

Then God sent,
Plague number three,
Swarms of gnats from head to knee.
All the people in Egypt were feeling pretty low
They told Pharaoh “Let them Go!”

Then God sent,
Plague number four,
Filthy flies need we say more?
All the people in Egypt were feeling pretty low
They told Pharaoh “Let them Go!”
Then God sent,
Plague number five,
All the livestock up and died.
All the people in Egypt were feeling pretty low
They told Pharaoh “Let them Go!”
Then God sent,
Plague number six,
Boils and sores to make you sick
All the people in Egypt were feeling pretty low.
They told Pharaoh “Let them Go!”

Then God sent,
Plague number seven,
Hail and lighting down from heaven.
All the people in Egypt were feeling pretty low
They told Pharaoh “Let them Go!”
Then God sent,
Plague number eight,
Locust came and they sure ate.
All the people in Egypt were feeling pretty low
They told Pharaoh “Let them Go!”

Then God sent,
Plague number nine,
Total darkness all the time.
All the people in Egypt were feeling pretty low
They told Pharaoh “Let them Go!”

Then God sent,
Plague number ten,
Pharaoh’s son died so he gave in.
All the people in Egypt were feeling pretty low
Finally Pharaoh let them go.

*Teaching notes

When I taught this story to my primary Sunday School class, the children created an 11×14 poster for each plague. You’ll want to use your own ideas, but here’s what we did: Have the children draw a red river between two banks for plague one. Glue plastic frogs on a clip art Egyptian pharoah for plague two. Glue rice (for lice/gnats) on the clip art pharoah for plague three. Glue plastic/clip art flies on the clip art pharoah for plague four. Hot glue plastic farm animals lying down on a green background for plague five. Stick red dot stickers (available in multi-color packs for garage sale price stickers) on a clip art pharoah for plague six. Glue clear marbles for hail on the clip art pharoah for plague seven. Use plastic or clipart grasshoppers on the clip art pharoah for plague eight. Glue solid black construction paper over the cardboard for plague nine. For the last plague, I drew a doorway and let the kids dip a chicken bone in red paint to add the Passover blood on the lintle and door posts. Every week for the next month or so you can sing the song to review, holding up the appropriate poster as you sing the corresponding verse.

We’ve found these lyrics in several places on the Internet without copyright, just the note “by Craig”.