Advent Family Reflections 3

Each Sunday during Advent we will be sharing a series of reflections we can do by ourselves or as a family. Here is the third in the series:

This week light three candles and as they burn read the suggested passage together.  Once you have read the bible verses you might like to discuss it together and pray.  There are some optional activities suggested to help keep the whole family engaged.  The third candle represents John the Baptist. Can you remember eating locusts in August when we looked at John the Baptist?
  • Read Isaiah 40:1-5 together.  Work together to fill a piece of paper (with words or pictures) with all that you know about John the Baptist and what he came to do.
  • Read Malachi 3:1-5 together.  John the Baptist, was a messenger who prepared the way for Jesus.  Pray about who you could invite to one of our Christmas services as you hand deliver an invitation to them.
  • Read Luke 1: 5-25 together.  Can you share what you’ve done today (or yesterday) without speaking?
  • Read Luke 1:57-65 together.  Thank God that he calls each of us by name to be part of his family.
  • Read Luke 1:66-79 together.  The first words Zechariah said having not been able to talk were praising God.  Think about how you use your words, will you use your words today to praise God and be loving and kind to others?

Advent Family Reflections 2

Each Sunday during Advent we will be sharing a series of reflections we can do by ourselves or as a family. Here is the second in the series:

This week light two candles and as they burn read the suggested passage together.  Once you have read the bible verses you might like to discuss it together and pray.  The second candle represents the Prophets – Jesus birth foretold.  Jacob had 12 sons, one sold to slavery in Egypt, who rescued the family and the nation from famine.  God then calls the people, Jacob’s descendants (the Israelites) out of Egypt to the promise land.  The Israelites mess up, they are God’s people and end up in God’s land but do not live under God’s rule and so do not experience God’s blessing and therefore they are taken from God’s land. So, they are in a mess and need a rescuer!
    •   Read Isaiah 7:14 together.  Immanuel means God-with-us.  What preparations do we make to welcome a new born baby?  What preparations do we make to welcome Jesus – God with skin on?
    •   Perhaps you would like to read today’s passage by candle light! It’s Isaiah 9:2-7 as it starts by talking about darkness!  What does this passage teach us about why Jesus came?
    •   Read Micah 5:2-5a together.  Think of a time when something significant happened from a very small beginning. Plant the cress seeds you collected on Sunday and watch them grow!
    •   Read Isaiah 53:1-6 together. Perhaps you would like to pray confessing the ways we turn to our own way and ignore God.
    •   Read Isaiah 53:7-12 together.  Jesus remained silent, can you last 30 minutes in silence?

Advent Family Reflections

Each Sunday during Advent we will be sharing a series of reflections we can do by ourselves or as a family. Here is the first.

This week light one candle and as it burns read the suggested passage together. Once you have read the bible verses you might like to discuss it together and pray. There are some optional activities suggested to help keep the whole family engaged. The first candle represents the Patriarchs who were the founding father’s of the Israelites, God’s chosen people. God chooses Abraham to bless the whole world through his family. This week we see the promise handed down through Abraham’s family, to his son Isaac, then to his son Jacob. God promises they will be God’s people, in God’s land, under God’s rule and blessing.

•Read Genesis 12:1-7 together. You might like to pray for your family. Draw a picture of your family.
•For this reading you might like to wait until it is dark and read the passage outside looking at the stars. Read Genesis 15:1-6 together.
•Read Genesis 22:1-2 and 12-18 together. You might like to thank God for his provision and ask for his help to put him first in your lives. Perhaps create a picture of a ram, by drawing it or from cotton wool?
•Read Genesis 28:1-5 together. You might like to chat about a recent wedding you’ve been to, your own wedding or a family wedding. Perhaps have a look at photos or re-enact it!
•Read Genesis 28:10-15 together. You might not want to swap your pillow for a stone for tonight, but perhaps you could put a pebble under your pillow. Can you work out the family tree of the people we have read about this week?