Thursday, December 25, 2008

News About A Child


This devotion is for use during your family Christmas celebration.
  • Some families do all their Christmas celebrating on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) instead of Christmas Day (Dec. 25). If that's what you do, use this one Christmas Eve.

  • If you celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25, use the Tender Mercy of Forgiveness devotion below on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and save this one for Christmas Day.

Light ALL FOUR candles on the Advent Wreath and any other candles that you have!

Pray this prayer. Have your child repeat phrase by phrase.
Dear Jesus,
help us listen
to the good news
of your birth.

Have an older adult read the Christmas story from Luke 2:1-20. Use this New Century Version or one you have at home. Read slowly and carefully. If the children have questions as you read, stop and answer them as best you can, saying "I'll need to find out" if you don't know...
At that time, Augustus Caesar sent an order that all people in the countries under Roman rule must list their names in a register.

This was the first registration; it was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.

And all went to their own towns to be registered.

So Joseph left Nazareth, a town in Galilee, and went to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, known as the town of David.

Joseph went there because he was from the family of David.

Joseph registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged n and who was now pregnant.

While they were in Bethlehem, the time came for Mary to have the baby, and she gave birth to her first son.

Because there were no rooms left in the inn, she wrapped the baby with pieces of cloth and laid him in a box where animals were fed.

That night, some shepherds were in the fields nearby watching their sheep.

Then an angel of the Lord stood before them.

The glory of the Lord was shining around them, and they became very frightened.

The angel said to them,

"Do not be afraid. I am bringing you good news that will be a great joy to all the people.

Today your Savior was born in the town of David.

He is Christ, the Lord.

This is how you will know him:

You will find a baby wrapped in pieces of cloth and lying in a feeding box.

Then an army of angels from heaven joined the first angel, praising God and saying:

"Give glory to God in heaven, and on earth let there be peace among the people who please God."

When the angels left them and went back to heaven, the shepherds said to each other,

“Let’s go to Bethlehem.

Let’s see this thing that has happened which the Lord has told us about.”

So the shepherds went quickly and found Mary and Joseph and the baby, who was lying in a feeding trough.

When they had seen him, they told what the angels had said about this child.

Everyone was amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

But Mary treasured these things and continued to think about them.

Then the shepherds went back to their sheep, praising God and thanking him for everything they had seen and heard.

It had been just as the angel had told them.
Talk about the story, about how God sent Jesus to show us his love and to save us from our sins. Remind the children that Jesus will grow and will die on the cross for us to save us. Invite your children and everyone else to pray and ask Jesus into their hearts.

Then sing this song (it's a good one because children can sing the chorus). You can download the music here.

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song

Glo --- --- --- -- ria, in excelsis Deo!
--- --- --- -- ria, in excelsis Deo!

Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

Pray this prayer. Have your child repeat phrase by phrase.
Dear Jesus,
thank you for coming to earth
to live with us
and save us.
Come into my heart
come to help me love you

Then proceed with the rest of your Christmas celebration!


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