Opening Prayer: Holy God, as we draw closer and closer to your coming, these candles and branches remind us of the frailty of life. The branches grow dry and brittle. Help us to seek joy and beauty, even in brokenness. Grant us patience and guidance as we celebrate and prepare for your coming. Inspire our faith, and transform us through your grace. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
The 3rd Advent Candle – Candle of Joy:
The angels sang a message of Joy! (Luke 2: 7-15)
Speak these words while lighting the first, second, & third candles: O God, rejoicing, we remember the promise of your Son. As we light these candles, we are reminded of the constant renewal of our faith. You came to teach, to heal, to spread peace, and to inspire. You are the potter, we are the clay. Make us vessels of your loving grace.
Share the best and worst parts of your day.
Read 2 Samuel 7 OR “The Good Shepherd” Pg. 130 in the Jesus Storybook Bible.
The story said that David made a big mess of his life – have you ever struggled or done something that got you into trouble? What happened? Are you still in trouble?
God forgave David – and when we make mistakes we forgive one another. Is it easy to forgive or is it hard?
In the story, David was a shepherd. Who else is called “The Good Shepherd?”
God promised David that a King would be born into his family that would heal the whole world – who did God mean?
Option 1: Anoint one another using olive oil by drawing a cross on the forehead or the hands of one another with a small amount oil.
Option 2: Play Holiday “Would You Rather” as a family. (See Appendix B)
Don’t forget to remove a link each day from your advent chain!
Pray: Gracious Redeemer, you enable and equip all of your servants, even when we make mistakes. Show us how to live as your children. Thank you for forgiving us. Strengthen and empower us to forgive others. In Jesus name we pray, amen.
Bless: Child of God, forgive one another. Anticipate Christ’s coming. He is near!