Advent Sunday: December 13

Don’t try to explain the Incarnation to me! It is further from being explainable than the furthest star in the furthest galaxy. It is love, God’s limitless love enfleshing that love in the form of a human being, Jesus, the Christ, fully human and fully divine. – Madeline L’Engle

Beulah Land: Operation No More Tears

  • Memory Verse:  You shall go out in joy and be led forth with peace, the mountains and the hills will burst into song and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12
  • Summary: We are continuing to build anticipation for the arrival of the Christ Child! This week, they are learning about Isaiah, prophet to Judah, and what he foretold of the Savior. The story is called Operation No More Tears. It combines several summaries of chapters in Isaiah, including 9 and 55. We will continue to see a pregnant Mary get closer and closer to Bethlehem in our Advent spiral.

    This is from A Holy Experience. We use one very similar.
    This is from A Holy Experience. We use one that is very similar.
  • I Wonder… : what Isaiah’s name means? what a prophet is? what message Isaiah had for God’s people? what about for us?
  • At home: Read at Isaiah 9 together say the names of Christ. Try to memorize them or the memory verse from this week.

Godly Play I & II: Advent Prophets

  • Memory Verse: Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people! For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11
  • Summary: We are continuing to prepare for the Mystery of Christmas through Advent stories. This week’s lesson draws attention to the shepherds out in the field on the night of Christ’s birth.
From the Wonder Circle Blog
  • I Wonder…: what the shepherds thought when they saw angels? what they felt? what you would do if you were a shepherd?
  • Additional Follow-up: Some interesting footnotes from The Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible: Shepherds were unable to keep ceremonial law due to their line of work. They were a despised class and were considered unreliable — to the extent of not having permission to testify in court. What an odd group to witness such miracles! What an irrational group for the Lamb of God to come close to! Another interesting thing to note is that Scripture uses the word “host” as a military term designating an army…yet the angelic “host” that appears to the Shepherds is announcing peace. Wonder what that could mean? HERE is a link to blank comic strips. Maybe you and your child can create a comic of the shepherds and angels?
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