Advent 3: The Promised Son Is Born/John the Baptist (Dec 15-17)
We worship the God of Peace. He gives our hearts the peace that comes from knowing He loves us and we are forgiven.
During Advent, the four Sundays before Christmas, we get our hearts ready to celebrate the coming of King Jesus. God gave us the greatest gift of all by sending His Son Jesus to us.
When you sit at home: Ages 3-5 read Luke 2:4-7. Grades 1-2 read Luke 1:16-17, 41; John 1:29. Grade 3 reads Luke 1:16-17, 41, 76-79; John 1:29. Grades 4-5 read Luke 1:16-17, 41, 76-79; 3:12-16; John 1:29, 34-37. What were the promises God kept that are mentioned in these verses?
When you walk along the road: How can we point others to Jesus?
When you lie down: Pray this prayer each day this week: “Thank You, Lord, for each prophecy that points us to You. Help us point others to You this Christmas. Amen.”
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.”Psalm 118:1a
' For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulders: and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)
*For more ideas on celebrating Advent with your family, download this free Advent for Families Devotional and Planner.
When you get up: Sunday, December 16 is the third Sunday in Advent! If you have a nativity set or an Advent wreath, put them in a special where your family can gather to read scripture, talk about the first Christmas, and light the Advent candles.
Candle: Today, we light the third candle. It is called the Candle of Joy to remind us of the “good news of great joy for all people” that the angels shared with the shepherds. Jesus was born that day!
Scripture: Read the Christmas story from Luke 2:1-20. After the shepherds saw baby Jesus, they shared the good news of His birth. The Candle of Joy reminds us of the joy we feel when we celebrate Jesus’ birth and it reminds us to share that joyful news with others.
Nativity*: Add the baby Jesus, shepherds, and sheep to your nativity set. Talk about how the shepherds must have felt when they saw the angels that night.
* If you haven’t already, set up your stable, Mary, Joseph, animals (save the sheep for next week), and if you have a manger that is separate from the baby, place it in the stable. If you do not, you may choose to wrap a small box and place it in the stable.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, You are our joy. May we be as excited about knowing You as the shepherds were when they told everyone about You. Help us to let others know Christmas is special because it is Your birthday. Show us how we can bring joy to those around us this Christmas season and always. Amen.
Advent Photo Challenge: During the four weeks of advent, we’ll be posting a daily challenge for you on Facebook! Included with the challenge will be a scripture and word of the day. Read the scripture with family and friends and take a photo of something related to the word or scripture. Share your photo on that day’s Northland Children’s Facebook post or on your social media using #northlandadvent.
KIDS: Did you get this weekend’s take home paper? No?? Download it below. And, don’t forget! You can watch this weekend’s Delbert & Lello or Grade School sketch on the Northland Children’s Ministries mobile app or on Northland's Roku channel!
PARENTS: There’s a devotional for you, too! Watch the video and download the materials at northlandchurch.net
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'These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.' Deuteronomy 6:6-7
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