*Reminder there is no Peace School again till Jan. 8 as well celebrate Theda's ordination, our 75th Anniversary, and then Christmas and New Years. Here's some notes on Advent for those interested in doing activities at home:
Peace School - The Advent story can be told in four parts:
Read - This week read pages 124-137 to continue following along in your Shine On Story Bible through the year. This week's reading includes the story of Job, a few Psalms and the prophet Isaiah. As we celebrate the birth of Christ, it's important to remember stories like Job that show us how much we need hope, love, joy and times of peace. Likewise, we need Psalms to pray and sing as we wrestle with all parts of life - the good and the bad. Next week we'll continue Isaiah as well as prophet Jeremiah, and read the hopes prophets had for a Messiah anchored in the way of God's love, peace, joy and hope.
Practice - Parents, here's an activity to do at home together during the week from Building Faith, an Anabaptist resource. While Shepherds Watched
Serve - Similar to last week, consider how you already give God's "greater" gifts throughout the year on a regular basis. How do we keep "giving" love, hope, peace and joy to each other year round?
Pray - Consider reciting a version (or part) of Mary's Prayer from Luke 1:46-55. One is listed below, and another is found on page 160 in your Shine On Story Bible.
Mary's Song (Luke 1:46-55)
‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
48 for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’