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Bonus Song of the Month


Since it’s Christmas time and the music only comes around once a year, I thought I would share my new favorite song of the season. I really enjoy Christmas music but it’s often difficult to discover new Christmas music. So you might be able to imagine my excitement when I discovered a new, amazing song this season!

The song is called Winter Snow by Audrey Assad. I’m can’t remember how I discovered it, but I am really glad that I did. I hope you enjoy it!

Could’ve come like a mighty storm
With all the strength of a hurricane
You could’ve come like a forest fire
With the power of heaven in Your flame

But You came like a winter snow
Quiet and soft and slow
Falling from the sky in the night
To the earth below

You could’ve swept in like a tidal wave
Or an ocean to ravish our hearts
You could have come through like a roaring flood
To wipe away the things we’ve scarred

But You came like a winter snow
(Yes, You did)
You were quiet
You were soft and slow
Falling from the sky in the night
To the earth below

Oh, no, Your voice wasn’t in a bush burning
No, Your voice wasn’t in a rushing wind
It was still
It was small
It was hidden

You came like a winter snow
Quiet and soft and slow
Falling from the sky in the night
To the earth below

Falling
(Oh, yeah)
To the earth below
You came falling
From the sky in the night
To the earth below


Walk and Talk, Dec. 4th


Remember together!

Start the week by remembering the Big Idea from Sunday and the spend time memorizing the scripture focus. Put the memory verse in a place that your family will see it through the week.

Big Idea: Peace – I am free from anxiety because things are right between God, myself, and others.

Memory Verse:  Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Read Together!

Spend time each day reading the passages for the week.

Day 1: 2 Corinthians 13:11-14

Day 2: Isaiah 9:2-7

Day 3: Psalm 23:1-6

Day 4: Micah 4:1-5

Day 5: Isaiah 35:1-10 (This passage will help prepare you for Sunday morning.)

Talk together!

Discover biblical truth by talking together about the scripture.

What good things have you seen this week? What do those good things show you about God’s character? After reading the passage, is there anything that helps you remember or know who God is? What do you learn about Jesus from the passage? How does the passage influence or change or shape your thinking? What do you think Jesus wants you to learn from the passage? Is there something that Jesus wants you to do today?

Pray together!

Recording praises and requests in a journal will help you (and your family) continually recognize what God is doing!

As we prepare for Christmas through Advent (the “coming” of Jesus), what can you praise God for? What specific ways are you praying for your family and friends during this season?

Pray God’s will for your child, your friends, your family, by praying scriptures. Insert someone’s name in the blank as you pray.

“May you keep ___________ in perfect peace, as his/her mind is kept on you.” (Isaiah 26:3)

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Advent– What Is It?


(Taken from ADVENT FAMILY WORSHIP GUIDE)

The word Advent is from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming” and refers to the coming of Jesus into our world. Advent comprises the four Sundays preceding Christmas.

For the Early Church, Easter was the major Christian festival. Advent did not become part of the church calendar until the festival of Christmas was established. This came about in the fourth century.

The celebration of the Incarnation—God becoming man—was not very old when the church felt the need for a period of preparation for Christmas celebration.

Advent was originally 40 days long. It represented the 4,000 years of patient waiting on the part of the Hebrews for the promised Messiah.

The Advent Mood

The mood of Advent is best expressed as one of longing for deliv- erance from oppression, coupled with anticipation of the Messiah.

It is not a season of fasting; it is a season of prayer. The concept of King is uppermost. Jesus is the King of grace.

The Symbols of the Advent Wreath

The purpose of the wreath is to deepen our understanding of Christmas.

1. The base of the wreath is covered with green—the color green testifies to the continuation of life in Christ.

2. The circular base represents life without end—eternal life.

3. The candles signify God’s Son as the Light of the World. There are five candles in all. The first, second, and fourth candles are violet to symbolize our penitence and preparation. The third candle is pink to symbolize joy. In the center of the wreath is the white can- dle, which represents Christ.

HOW TO MAKE AN ADVENT WREATH

The wreath should be in the form of a circle. The base of the 2

wreath can be made from Styrofoam, wire, or wood. Anchor the can- dleholders securely in the base.

Cover the base with greenery. If live evergreens are used, make sure to protect them from fire. Spraying them with fire retardant is an excellent precaution and will ease your mind.

The wreath has five candles. Four candles are placed on the out- side of the circle and one in the middle. Usually three violet candles, one pink candle, and one white candle are used. If you wish, you may use all red or all white candles.


A Barn, a Baby, Shepherds, and a Promise


There is so much in this passage! I would love to know what stands out to you, what is new to you, what is your favorite part.

This passage contains one of my all-time favorite accounts. It’s buried deep in the passage. But it comes when Jesus’ parents take him to the temple. Remember how we’ve been reading the Old Testament and hearing about God’s promises to Abraham’s family? That the family would be a blessing? Well pay close attention to what Simeon says when he sees Jesus’… it’s pretty amazing!

Luke 2

At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant.

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.

Eight days later, when the baby was circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel even before he was conceived.

Then it was time for their purification offering, as required by the law of Moses after the birth of a child; so his parents took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. The law of the Lord says, “If a woman’s first child is a boy, he must be dedicated to the Lord.” So they offered the sacrifice required in the law of the Lord—“either a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying,

“Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace,
as you have promised.
I have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared for all people.
He is a light to reveal God to the nations,
and he is the glory of your people Israel!”

Jesus’ parents were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, but he will be a joy to many others. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.”

Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple. She was the daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher, and she was very old. Her husband died when they had been married only seven years. Then she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer. She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem.

When Jesus’ parents had fulfilled all the requirements of the law of the Lord, they returned home to Nazareth in Galilee. There the child grew up healthy and strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God’s favor was on him.