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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Advent


It was good to be back in the atrium after two weeks away. We had a very small class this morning but, as always, everyone was very busy! I was able to give a lesson on our wooden Liturgical Calendar. The change of a liturgical season is always a great time for this lesson and I was glad to have time to sit with several of the children to learn about it.

At circle the children noticed we had four extra candles on the prayer table. We talked about the change from a green cloth to a purple one and that we are now in the season of Advent. Of course the children are super excited for Christmas to come! We talked about the three purple candles and one rose candle as a way to count down the Sundays until Christmas. We also talked about just how hard it is to wait for something you are excited about.

We then introduced the first prophecy (which you can see above). I told the children that God's chosen people who lived in the land of Israel (which we have been learning about since the beginning of the year) also had to wait a long time. They had people who were great listeners called prophets to tell them about God's plan. One such man is Isaiah. At this point all the children with a friend named Isaiah had to tell us about it! 

We listened carefully to the Bible verse to hear what the people were waiting for: A great light! Of course the children know that this light is Jesus! 

As the weeks progress towards Christmas the children will become more and more excited about the big day! There are generally more lessons to give than I have time for including a few other prophecies and all the Infancy Narratives. As always, I will listen to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit and the needs of your children each Sunday to determine what lessons to present. All is joy!

Happy 2nd Sunday of Advent.