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Our Advent Celebration–Christmas Day December 24, 2008

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Here is our final celebration of Advent. Christmas if finally here!

Christmas Day
5th Candle-(white) “CHRIST CANDLE”
The white candle reminds us that Jesus is the spotless Lamb of God, sent to wash away our sins. His birth was for his death; his death was for our birth. (John 1:29 and John 3:1-8)

Scripture Readings: Psalm 100; Revelation 3:20-21

Songs: Wonderful Maker, He Reigns, Here is Our King, Holy and Anointed One

Prayer

Printable Version of Christmas Day

Entire Advent Celebration

Week 1 & 2; Week 3; Week 4

Have a very merry Christmas!

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Week Four of Our Advent Celebration December 23, 2008

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I forgot to post this on Saturday! Sorry, been so busy with getting ready for Christmas.

Advent Week Four

4th Candle-(purple) “CANDLE OF LOVE”
God sent his only Son to earth to save us, because He loves us! (John 3:16-17)

Alternate meaning: “THE ANGEL CANDLE”
All 4 candles will be lit this week to symbolize the growing brightness of the coming of Jesus.

Scripture Readings: Matthew 1:18-25; Matthew 2:1-2; Luke 2:21-35; Psalm 98:1-6

Songs: Silent Night; Come Lord Jesus, Come

Printable Version of Week 4 (includes song lyrics)

Printable Version of Weeks 1-4 (includes song lyrics)

Again if anyone needs the chord charts to any of the songs, please email me.

Week 1 & 2; Week 3

 

Week Three of Our Advent Celebration December 13, 2008

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Here’s what we will be doing this week for our Advent celebration.

Advent Week Three

3rd CANDLE–(pink) “CANDLE OF JOY”
The angels sang a message of joy! (Luke 2:7-15)

Rose or pink is a sign of joy that He is coming soon!

Scripture Readings: Luke 1:5-17; Luke 1:18-45; Luke 1:46-66; Luke 1:67-80; Isaiah 7:10-14; Isaiah 9:2-7; Galatians 4:4-5; 1John 4:7-16

Song: Oh Come All Ye Faithful

Prayer

You can download a printable version of this weeks Advent Celebration here.

And you can download a printable version of weeks 1 through 3 here.

(The printable versions include song lyrics. If you desire a chord chart for any of the songs, please email me)

Our Advent Celebration Weeks 1 and 2

 

Our Advent Celebration December 9, 2008

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This year we decided to celebrate Advent as a family. We have never done this before so I was really unsure of what to do, how to do it, etc. So, I did some searches on the Internet and found different things we could do as a family to prepare for Christmas. I didn’t really like any of them all that much. I mean I would like a part of this one, or that one, but not one as a whole. So, I took what I liked from them and sort of made my own. My plan was to share this with you, but then last week happened and I didn’t have time to make my advent wreath or type anything up to share with you. We also didn’t do the first week because we were shuttling two kids back and forth from the hospital. If there was ever a time where we definitely should have taken the time to focus on the birth of Christ, last week would have been perfect. But alas, life doesn’t always work out the way we want it to.

So, to make up for it, we are going to do week one and two tonight and then we will be back on track. I thought I’d share with you what we are doing any way. Maybe next year it will help someone else out who wants to celebrate the Advent season but is unsure of how. Okay? So here we go.

The first thing you will need is to make your advent wreath. You can do a quick Google search for “advent wreath” and find several that you can buy, or you can make your own very easily. All you need are 3 purple (or blue) candles, one pink and one white candle. I used a plate from our old microwave and cut some leaf shapes out of some brown felt I had leftover from Halloween costumes, and walaa! The advent wreath doesn’t have to be all fancy. I’m a simple person, and I think simple is better!

Here’s ours:


The next thing you need to decide is if you want to do something daily, or weekly. We are going the weekly route. So, we decided that Tuesday nights would be the best day of the week for us to celebrate. (The traditional day to celebrate is Sunday, but we just would not be able to make that work)

Here is my outlines of what we will be doing for Advent Week One and Two:

Advent Week One
Lighting of 1st Candle-(purple) “CANDLE OF HOPE”
We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises he made to us. Our hope comes from God. (Romans15: 12-13)

Alternate meaning: “PROPHECY CANDLE”
The color purple is a sign of penance and also represents the longing we have waiting for the birth of baby Jesus.

Scripture readings: Isaiah7:14, Isaiah40:1-5, Isaiah 52:7-10, Isaiah 40:9-11, Deuteronomy 18:15-19, and Psalm 89:1-4

Song: O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Prayer

Advent Week Two
2nd Candle-(purple) “CANDLE OF PREPARATION”
Preparation means to ‘get ready’. “Help us to be ready to welcome you, O God!” (Luke 3:4-6)

Alternate meaning: “CANDLE OF BETHLEHEM”

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10, Zechariah 6:12-13, Micah 5:1-5, Malachi 3:1-6, John 1:1-6. John 1:9-18, Mark 1:1-3

Songs: Away in a Manger and O Little Town Of Bethlehem

Prayer

It helps that I have a guitar playing hunk who lives here, but even if your family is not musical, you can just sing the songs together. If anyone would like the words to either of these songs I would be happy to share them with you, just shoot me an email.

Another thing we’ve done is the Blue-Eyed Boy and I made a prayer chain. It’s just like your basic paper chain we all made in elementary school, only on the one side I wrote the Christmas countdown and on the other side we wrote the name of someone we wanted to pray for. When I taped the strips into a chain the name is on the inside while the number is on the outside. So, every day we can pull one off and pray for the person that is on that paper for the day. The Blue-Eyed Boy had fun making this.

So, there you have it. That is what we will be doing tonight (we’re going to wait til it’s dark so the candles can really shine).

I’ll post what we will do next week later in the week.

Oh and here’s a Tip Jar Tuesday for ya:

Tip #11

Crawl under a blanket with someone you love. Life is short folks– don’t get hung up in the stuff that doesn’t matter and forget about the stuff that really does.