As I Search the Holy Scriptures Primary Singing Time Ideas

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As I Search the Holy Scriptures is a short and sweet hymn that your Primary can easily learn!  So don’t shy away from teaching As I Search the Holy Scriptures in singing time!

Camille's Primary Ideas: As I Search the Holy Scriptures Primary Singing Time Ideas

I love to let the Primary LITERALLY search the scriptures with the scripture search singing time idea below!

But also make sure to check out these other As I Search the Holy Scriptures singing time ideas as well (click on the link to jump to that section):

  1. Scripture Search
  2. Word Search (best for older children)
  3. Melody Map (best for younger children)
  4. Pat Graham Workshop
  5. Handbells
  6. Sharla Dance

As I Search the Holy Scriptures Song History

This excerpt comes from Our Latter-Day Hymns: The Stories and the Messages by Karen Lynn Davidson.

Each of the four verses cites a different blessing that comes from searching the scriptures. 
 
Verse one asks for wisdom and knowledge; verse two asks, “May life’s mysteries be unfolded”; verse three asks for comfort – the healing of wounds and the soothing of a troubled spirit; and verse four asks the Lord’s help in following the path to eternal life.
 
It was a conscious decision on the part of the author-composer Marianne Fisher to use the word ‘search’ instead of ‘read’. To her, searching involves being able to “read and reread, ponder, paus in medication, search for other related passages, underline.”
 
…Blind since birth, she commented “How fortunate for those who read the ink-print edition to have their scriptures always at hand.  Those of us who are blind cannot always have our scriptures literally ‘at our fingertips ‘”

As I Search the Holy Scriptures Lyrics and Music

Find the sheet music to As I Search the Holy Scriptures on the Church’s website.  The song may be short and sweet but it is filled with a goldmine of blessings that we receive from searching the scriptures:

  1. As I search the holy scriptures, Loving Father of mankind, May my heart be blessed with wisdom, And may knowledge fill my mind.
  2. As I search the holy scriptures, Touch my spirit, Lord, I pray. May life’s myst’ries be unfolded As I study day by day.
  3. As I search the holy scriptures, May thy mercy be revealed. Soothe my troubled heart and spirit; May my unseen wounds be healed.
  4. As I search the holy scriptures, Help me ponder and obey. In thy word is life eternal; May thy light show me the way.

As I Search the Holy Scriptures Primary Song Sing Along Video

You may also want to check out the sing along video for As I Search the Holy Scriptures.  It’s a great way for you to easily become more familiar with it or to show to your Primary during singing time.

As I Search the Holy Scriptures Flip Chart

Find As I Search the Holy Scriptures lyrics in a printable flip chart format so you can easily post the words in your Primary!

Camille's Primary Ideas: posting words for singing time, singing time flip charts

Or this As I Search the Holy Scriptures flip chart with pictures is also available to download:

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As I Search the Holy Scriptures Singing Time Ideas

1. Scripture Search

Camille's Primary Ideas: As I Search the Holy Scriptures Primary Singing Time Idea

Let your Primary literally search the scriptures with this As I Search the Holy Scriptures singing time idea.  They’ll love search for the answers found throughout the pages of the scriptures!

 

2. Word Search

Camille's Primary Ideas: As I Search the Holy Scriptures Word Search Primary Singing Time Idea

This hymn is just SCREAMING for a fun word search!  Children who can read will enjoy searching for keywords as the song is played or sung.  Print a copy for each child or print as a  24x 36 engineered print (aka blueprint) and play all together!

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3. Melody Map

Camille's Primary Ideas: As I Search the Holy Scriptures Melody Map Primary Singing Time Idea
Camille's Primary Ideas: As I Search the Holy Scriptures Melody Map Primary Singing Time Idea

Try this melody map (best for younger children) as you sing As I Search the Holy Scriptures.  Use wands, pencils, fingers or entire bodies to mimic the pattern of each dot as they rise and fall.  Then figure out which keywords belongs to which dots!

1st Verse Keywords:

  • Search
  • Scriptures
  • Father
  • Mankind
  • Heart
  • Blessed
  • Wisdom
  • Knowledge

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4. Pat Graham Workshop

Sister Pat Graham, author of A Children’s Songbook Companion, hosted a workshop in 2020.  These were her notes for teaching As I Search the Holy Scriptures:

Camille's Primary Ideas: As I Search the Holy Scriptures Word Search Primary Singing Time Idea

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5. Handbells for As I Search the Holy Scriptures

This handbell chart plays the melody of As I Search the Holly Scriptures. Make sure to check out more details for using handbells in singing time.

Camille's Primary Ideas: As I Search the Holy Scriptures Primary Singing Time Idea handbell chart

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6. Sharla Dance

Camille's Primary Ideas Meets Sharla Dance

Sharla Dance has a sing a story for teaching Search, Ponder, and PrayThis same activity and story works perfectly with As I Search the Holy Scriptures as well as the message of both songs are very similar!

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