If I Were Famous
Start with a round where everyone answers: “If you could be famous – what would it be for?”
Hall of Fame
Introduce the song, Hall of Fame.
What is the basic message of the song? Back yourself, believe in yourself and you will gain (fame) recognition and respect.
Ask: “What clues does the song offer on how to become famous? i.e. what does ‘famous’ look like?”
- Note the lyric: Don’t wait for luck, dedicate yourself
What’s that mean? Take initiative. Don’t just sit back wishing you were really talented. Make the effort. Work at it.
- Note the Lyric: Be students, be teachers, be politicians, be preachers, be believers, be leaders, be astronauts, be champions, be truth seekers
Which one of those roles appeals to you the most? (I called out each of the roles and invited students to put up their hands, affirming those that did.)
Two Kinds of Fame
Refer back to the opening round “If I Were Famous,” and ask how many of the answers were things that might make us rich, and how many were things that could make the world a better place?
(e.g. I first wanted to be a famous drummer in a rock band. And maybe I could get rich with that kind of fame. But on second thoughts I’d rather gain recognition and respect for ‘making-a-difference’ than for ‘making-a-million’.)
There are two reasons to be famous:
1. Popularity and money 2. To make the world a better place
What kind of fame do you think the song is promoting? i.e. does being a Teacher, Politician, Leader, Believer etc… lead to ‘make-a-difference fame’ or ‘making-a-million fame’?
Is Jesus on the walls of the hall of fame? Which one of those was he? Yes Jesus is world famous but it is ‘make-a-difference’ fame. He had very little money, yet he changed the world. (You could argue he was each of the roles listed in the song!)
Who else is most famous for making-a-difference? (e.g. Mother Teresa, Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela)
What Does God Call Us To?
Have different young people read each of the following Bible passages, while you comment in between:
Read Matthew 28: 18-20. “So Jesus told us to go out and make disciples. To not just sit back. What’s our response?”
Read Isaiah 6:8. “Isaiah’s response was ‘Here I am, send me.’ That’s dedicating yourself! What about Jeremiah? How did he respond?”
Read Jeremiah 1: 6-9. “Jeremiah was a little more reticent. He thought he was too young! What did God say to that? What do you say to that? Again, don’t make excuses. Take courage and go! Note in two of the readings God promised ‘I will be with you’”.
Is it important to become world famous?
“The world’s gonna know your name” line is probably overstated in the song. It would be enough if those around you respected you and recognised your effort. That’s the real message of the song. Agree?
Making It Real
Have a leader tell one of their own making-a-difference stories and / or get one of your young people to share theirs. Acknowledge how hard it can be to “Go” but the song and the Bible agree to not let that stop you, just like the characters featured in the Hall of Fame music video had obstacles to overcome. Share how God was with you in your story.
Close with Prayer
- Ask God to help us stand up and make a difference,
- invite young people to dedicate themselves to go where God prompts them
- thank God that he is with us always and helps us.
Lyrics: Hall of Fame
Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan, James Barry
Yeah, you could be the greatest
You can be the best
You can be the king kong banging on your chest
You could beat the world
You could beat the war
You could talk to God, go banging on his door
You can throw your hands up
You can beat the clock
You can move a mountain
You can break rocks
You can be a master
Don’t wait for luck
Dedicate yourself and you can find yourself …
Standing in the hall of fame
And the world’s gonna know your name
Cause you burn with the brightest flame
And the world’s gonna know your name
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame
You could go the distance
You could run the mile
You could walk straight through hell with a smile
You could be the hero
You could get the gold
Breaking all the records
They thought never could be broke
Do it for your people
Do it for your pride
Never gonna know if you never even try
Do it for your country
Do it for your name
Cause there’s gonna be a day
Standing in the hall of fame …
Be a champion (x4) on the walls of the hall of fame
Be students, Be teachers, Be politicians, Be preachers
Be believers, Be leaders, Be astronauts, Be champions,
Be truth seekers
Standing in the hall of fame ….
You can be a champion (x 14 while repeating Verse 1)