Rejoice! Rejoice! Sing and Dance! The 4th week of Advent is all about rejoicing! Christmas is almost here and we should be celebrating!! Once again, the Advent activities are done at dinner time.
Fourth Sunday Home Ceremony:
1. Light the first 3 candles
2. Talk about who Matthew was.
3. Discuss the history of the book of Matthew.
4. Read Matthew 1:18-25 and discuss the passage read.
5. Light the fourth candle…. it represents Angels and joy!
6. Sing a hymn…. may I suggest: Joy to the World
7. End in prayer.
The 4th week’s activities:
Discussion: Do you know what an angel is? A special messenger or servant. God’s angels to where ever He sends them. They bring special messages to people. What happened with the Shepherds? What was the message from God? Why were the angels happy on Christmas night?”
Activity: Eating dinner in candle light. Talk about how Jesus is the light of the world. Blow out the candles—- that would be the world without Jesus.
Scripture: Luke 2:8-12
Items: Christmas music
Dinner Discussion: What does it mean to rejoice? What do we feel like doing when we are so excited and happy and rejoicing? Dancing of course! After the dinner table is cleared…..everyone go get dressed up! Throw in the CD and crank up the stereo! Dance and rejoice!!! Enjoy your Christmas Boogie!!
Thursday (Christmas Eve, 2009):
Scripture: Matthew 1:18 – 2:12
Activity: Lighting the Christ Candle (The center white Candle)
Discussion: Christmas Eve is the time when we think about how Christ has changed the world. Just from the birth of a baby, people around the globe have changed their lives and made Him the center of their lives. The world changed that holy night. And when we have received Him in our lives, we are never the same again. Then read Luke 2:14 and talk about how we can live that verse.
Activity: Go to a Candle Light Christmas Eve service at your local church.
Friday: Christmas Day
Around our house we always celebrate Christmas by opening our gifts. This year, after the gifts are opened we will have a birthday party just for Jesus! We will have cake for breakfast!! While enjoying our cake we will be talking about what Jesus needs from us as a gift to Him. Is it our service? Is it to tithe more? Is it to volunteer? Is it to tell someone about Him? Is it to make donations? Whatever, your family decides to do……make a promise and keep it!
Well, this will conclude this year’s Advent season. Check back the Monday after Thanksgiving. I will be talking about the Jesse Tree. Then on Tuesday, I have another wonderful Christmas related idea! See you then!!
May God bless you and yours this Thanksgiving! I have a lot to be thankful for….. and you are one reason I am so thankful!!