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The Blessing of Home

Come Home for Christmas

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C

The story takes over this week. Let’s just admit it. The story that we’ve learned and told and retold, the story that we’ve sentimentalized and Disney-fied, the story that has produced songs and dramas, movies and poems. And yet through it all, the story persists. The story draws. It defies explanation.

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Week 4: The Blessing of Home

Luke 1:42-45 New International Reader's Version [1]

Mary Visits Elizabeth

42In a loud voice she called out, “God has blessed you more than other women. And blessed is the child you will have! 43But why is God so kind to me? Why has the mother of my Lord come to me? 44As soon as I heard your voice, the baby inside me jumped for joy. 45You are a woman God has blessed. You have believed that the Lord would keep his promises to you!”

Visual Aids: All cookie cutter shapes.

Cookie shape: Angel (Click here to download PDF template.)

Message

Today I have some exciting news to share with you! This exciting news God gave to a woman named Mary. Perhaps you have heard of her. (Have a Nativity Mary as a visual and place her near the manger). Perhaps you remember her as you prepare your house with decorations, and you placed her in the Nativity by a manger. God sent an angel to Mary to tell her she was going to have a baby. I wonder how Mary felt when an angel spoke to her. How do you think you would feel if an angel spoke to you? What do you think the angel looked like that Mary saw? (Allow children to respond.) Can you show me on your face the expression that Mary might have shown? (Have children show their best surprised face.)

The angel said that the baby would be God’s Son and would be greater than a king. This is what Jeremiah, Malachi, and John the Baptist were preparing for. This is what we are all preparing for. Why do you think it is great news that God’s Son came to earth? (Allow some responses.)

When Mary first heard the angel’s news, she did not understand why she was to be the mother of Jesus. It seemed impossible, but Mary decided to fully trust in God. How would you respond if an angel told you there was going to be a HUGE change in your life? Would you immediately trust that the angel was from God and was telling you God’s message? (Allow children to respond.)

What cookie cutter shape do you think we will take home this week? (Allow children to choose.) That is right. It is the angel. This week, as you prepare, bake, and wait, wonder together with your family these things:

  • I wonder how you would feel if an angel told you some amazing news about your life.
  • I wonder how easy it was for Mary to believe immediately.
  • I wonder how you can share the good news of Jesus with others.

Nothing is impossible for God. Be like Mary and totally trust God! Believe in God and in God’s message of love to you through God’s Son Jesus.

Prayer: Amazing God, thank you for sending your angel to remind Mary that nothing is impossible for you! Remind us of your love every time we see an angel during this week. Like the angel, allow us all to share the amazing news that Christmas and the birth of your Son is coming. Amen.


[1] New International Reader's Version (NIRV) Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1998, 2014 by Biblica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

In This Series...


First Sunday of Advent, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Second Sunday of Advent, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Third Sunday of Advent, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Christmas Eve, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes First Sunday after Christmas, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Second Sunday after Christmas, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes

Colors


  • Purple
  • Blue

In This Series...


First Sunday of Advent, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Second Sunday of Advent, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Third Sunday of Advent, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Christmas Eve, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes First Sunday after Christmas, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Second Sunday after Christmas, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes