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Month: December 2020

Christmas: Mary’s Song

Big Idea: God deserves all the praise and hoorays at Christmas!

Bible Passage: Luke 1:39-56

Read: Luke 1:39-56 in a children's Bible, or this easy-to-read version here.

Talk: In this passage, Mary sings a song of praise to God. She praises Him for being faithful, mighty and for His kindness to her. Read verses 47- 48 together:

"I praise the Lord with all my heart. I am very happy because God is my Savior. I am not important, but he has shown his care for me, his lowly servant. From now until the end of time, people will remember how much God blessed me."

1. Mary says, "I am not important, but He has shown His care for me." 

2. Then she says, "From now until the end of time, people will remember how much God has blessed me." 

Mary didn't think she was important, or talented, or the best at being good. She knew that none of these things were the reason God chose her to be the mummy of Jesus. She calls herself God's 'lowly servant.' She says she is not important, but God is, and that He cares for her. 

Then she says that when people remember her and the important job she had, that they shouldn't talk about how good she is, but that we should remember that God has blessed her. She gives all the honour, glory and credit for the wonderfulness of her story to God. She gives God all the praise and hoorays, instead of talking about herself.

Listen: God calls, chooses and loves us, too. But not because we are great, or talented, or important, or the best at being good. God chooses to call us His children simply because He wants to. He calls Himself our loving Father (even when we are sinful and run away from Him!). God even says He has prepared special jobs for us to do for Him with our lives, too. (Eph 2:10). 

When you are grown up and older, what do you want people to remember about you? What will you be known for? Is it something important, something you are good at, or something that you have done? Why or why not? When we talk about Mary, we remember how blessed she was. What are some of God's blessings to you? 

Do

This week, around the dinner or meal table (or even on Christmas Day!), have each family member say 1) what they hope to be known or remembered for, and 2) a blessing that God has given them to remember.

Have a Merry Christmas! 

May your family be blessed 🙂

 

 

Christmas: Gabriel’s Song

Big Idea: Nothing is impossible with God.

Bible Passage: Luke 1:26-38

Read: Luke 1:26-38 in a children's Bible, or this easy-to-read version here.

Talk: In this passage, the angel comes to Mary, a young woman who God had chosen to be the mother of Jesus. He tells her not to be afraid, that God has chosen her and loves (or 'highly favours') her, and that He has a very special job for her to do. Mary wonders how it will all happen and asks 'How can this be?'. The angel responds by telling her it will be a work of the Holy Spirit, and Mary believes him. She says, "I am the Lord's servant, may it be as you have said." We know that what the angel said really did come true, as we celebrate at Christmas that Jesus, the Son of God, really did come into the world. As the angel said, "Nothing is impossible with God."

We can know these things are true for Mary, and for us too.

  • God has chosen and called each of His children who love Him. (Romans 8:28-29).
  • God has special works and jobs for each of us to do, too (Ephesians 2:10)
  • We know that it is God's Holy Spirit who is with us, and works through us to do these special, amazing works. (Romans 8:15-17 & 26, Hebrews 13:5-6)
  • Because of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, we know that truly, nothing is impossible with God. So we can have courage, and not be afraid, no matter what God asks us to do. We can have faith to say like Mary,

"I am the Lord's servant, may it be as you have said."

Listen: 

What kinds of special jobs do you like to do? What do you think God might ask you to do in your life? Have you ever felt afraid or unsure of doing things Jesus has asked us to do? If you could do any impossible things with Jesus, what would you do? What impossible things would you ask God to do in the world today?

Do

As a family, write down a list of all the 'impossible things' you would do with Jesus if you could. They can be simple, or as deep as you like. (Pray for healing for a family member or friend, that friends or family who are far from God would know and love Him, that many living with great need would have what they need this Christmas, that COVID 19 would go away etc). Then, cut your list up and place the 'impossible things' one by one in a Christmas stocking and hang it up. Each day this week, pull out one 'impossible thing' and pray for it as a family, believing together that 'all things are possible with God.' Remind children that one day, we will see the answers to these prayers fulfilled, just as Mary saw God's promise to her fulfilled. To give your children hope as they pray, read Revelation 21:5-7 together.

Have a great week!

Christmas: Isaiah’s Song

Big Idea: Jesus is the Name above all Names, our great Rescuer.

Bible Passage: Isaiah 9:6-7

Parent Prep: A name is an important part of a person's identity. Parents go to great trouble to try and name their child something that will be meaningful, well-liked and suitable for their child. Sometimes, names are chosen in hope for what a child will be known for in this life. In Isaiah 9 we read of the 'Names of Jesus'. He is called many things in Scripture, and all give us insight into the identity of our Saviour.  In this passage, written hundreds of years before the birth of Christ, we are given insight into who our Saviour would be, and what He would be known for: Wonderful, Counselor (ruler), Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. We know now, looking at Jesus, that our God is all these things for us. It is beautiful to take time during this Christmas season to look at the names Jesus is given, and to reflect on and celebrate the meaning of these names – these things that He is for us. 

Read: Isaiah 9:6

Talk: In this passage, our Rescuer is described using many names. Read them out together again. He is known by these names, because these are the things He will be known for, and that we worship Him for.

1. The Rescuer will come as a baby. Our great powerful God and Creator decided to come to earth as a tiny, helpless baby! 

2. He is truly wonderful. It is a wonder, how a God of forever becomes a human.

3. He is our great Counselor. That word means 'ruler' or king. The boss. We worship Jesus because He has all wisdom and knowledge and is the boss. The Bible calls Him our 'King of Kings, Lord of Lords.'

4. Mighty God. He is the one who beat sin and death forever! The only one who could save us. 

5. Everlasting Father: or the 'father of forever'. He is one with the Father. The one who wrote the story and created the children He saved. Jesus was fully man, and fully God!

6. Our 'Prince of Peace'. He is the one who brought us peace with God. Sin breaks our relationship with God, but Jesus restores or 'makes it right' again so we can have peace with God and know His calm, still, confidence in all things.

Listen: 

What are some other names of Jesus that you know from Scripture or from songs we sing? What are some of the things Jesus has done for you? If you had to make a list of names to describe what you were known for, what would people call you?

Do

Tell your children the story of how their names were chosen, who they may be named after, or why you chose the name you have for them. Remind them of their name's significance, and what you hope they will be known for. Then, together, look up on a search engine the name of 'Jesus', or read this definition of His name's meaning below:

The name Jesus comes from the Hebrew name Yeshua/Y'shua, which is based on the Hebrew meaning, "to deliver; to rescue." The name Joshua is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "the Lord is my salvation". The name Joshua shares origins with the name Jesus, which comes from the Aramaic name, 'Yeshu'a'. 

Jesus' name literally means, 'Our Rescuer.' Praise God together that He made a way for us to be rescued from sin and death. Remind children that this is why we celebrate Christmas. Our great Rescuer came to save us. Jesus, the Name above all Names.

Have a great week!

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