Advent IV: Wise Men
Memory Verse: Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you… for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended. Isaiah 60: 1 and 20b
Summary: We are nearly to Christmas! This week’s lesson draws attention to the arrival of the Magi! Although we know the wise men were not there that actual day of Christ’s birth, we’re still focusing on them because they, too, were on their way to Christ! Even the nations come to Jesus. And God led them there with what Godly Play refers to as the “wild star”.
Follow Up Questions: I wonder if you have ever learned about something wonderful? I wonder what the Magi felt when they saw the new, wild star? I wonder what made the Magi want to spend such a long time traveling to meet this King? I wonder if you’ve ever had to travel a long time for something? I wonder what it means to traveling toward Jesus now…didn’t he already come? I wonder why we talk so much about who all was present for the birth of Christ?
Additional Follow Up: Today’s Advent Sensory Station is about smell. In January we will review the Wise Men again in Godly Play and have the opportunity to smell Frankincense & Myrrh! Perhaps for now you can go around your home this week and sniff for the seasonal smells… pine, cinnamon, nutmeg, rosemary, cedar, cloves, oranges, sugar cookies, etc. Maybe you have some spices similar to those from the Ancient Near East. What do those smells make you feel or think of? I wonder what smells were there the night Christ was born? I wonder what God wants us to know about him with our noses?
Please Note: There will be no Godly Play classes next week on Christmas Eve. We encourage children to attend the entire service with their parent! However, there will be a sensory station connected to the sermon. I’d also encourage you to read the Scriptural account of the birth of Christ at home as a family. If you have a nativity set children area allowed to play with, even better!