Cultivating Faith and Worship: A Sunday School Lesson for Teenagers on Mary’s Song of Praise with Luke 1:39-57

As teenagers, it can be challenging to navigate faith in a world that often seems hostile towards Christianity. However, as Luke 1:39-57 shows us, holding onto faith during difficult times is not a new concept.

In this passage, we see Mary, the mother of Jesus, visiting her cousin Elizabeth. Upon hearing the news of Mary’s pregnancy, Elizabeth praises God, and Mary responds with a song of praise and gratitude. Through examining Mary’s response to adversity, we can learn how to cultivate a heart of worship during difficult times.

Bible Reading 1: Luke 1:39-45

In these verses, we see Mary visiting Elizabeth, who is also expecting a child. As soon as Mary greets Elizabeth, the baby in Elizabeth’s womb leaps for joy, and Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit. She immediately recognizes that Mary is carrying the Savior of the world.


  • Mary’s visit to Elizabeth shows us the importance of community and support during difficult times
  • The recognition of Jesus’ presence even in the womb foreshadows his future role as the Son of God
  • Elizabeth’s recognition of what was happening emphasizes that God’s plan is often different from our own expectations.

Youth Group Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever experienced a situation where you felt like you were in over your head? How did you handle it?
  2. Why do you think Mary went to visit Elizabeth after receiving the news of her pregnancy?
  3. What are some ways we can support and encourage our friends during difficult times?
  4. How do you think Mary felt when she received news of her unexpected pregnancy?

Bible Reading 2: Luke 1:46-56

In this portion of the passage, Mary delivers a song of praise to God, thanking Him for His faithfulness and love.


  • Mary’s song praises God for His character, such as His mercy and faithfulness.
  • Mary’s hymn is an early example of a song of praise in the Bible.
  • Mary’s response to her unexpected pregnancy is one of trust and submission to God.

Youth Group Discussion Questions

  1. What did you learn about God’s character from Mary’s song of praise?
  2. Have you ever felt grateful to God during a difficult time? How did that affect your perspective on the situation?
  3. Why do you think Mary’s response to her unexpected pregnancy was one of trust and submission to God?
  4. How can we cultivate a heart of worship like Mary?

Youth Group Game: “Worship Relay”

Divide the youth group into two teams. Each team will have to complete a relay race in which they sing a worship song or hymn as a group. The first team to complete the race wins.

Closing Prayer

Dear God, we are grateful for the example of Mary’s unwavering faith and trust in you. As we face difficulties and uncertainties, help us to turn to you in prayer and praise. May we continue to grow in our faith, relying on your strength and guidance. Thank you for your love and faithfulness towards us. We pray all these things in Jesus’ name, amen.

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