Anabaptist Faith Formation Network has produced an at home resource for Advent written by Elsie Rempel. Based on the congregational worship resources developed for Leader Magazine, the guide invites families to approach Christmas by focusing on God’s goodness. It offers suggestions for creating a holy space and time in your home as well as activities to engage together throughout Advent. Below you’ll find an excerpt from week three.
Call to Worship: Come, rejoice and join with the voice that calls out from the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord!” Come and worship.
Candle lighter: Light three Advent candles, then say: We light this third candle of Advent in celebration of God’s way breaking into our world.
Option: Now, we light our own small lights from it and place them in the sand, as signs of opening our hearts in worship and love. Light individual tea lights.
Listening to God’s Word: Reflect on how God is celebrated in this week’s texts: Zephaniah 3:14-18, 19-20; Isaiah 12: 1-4, 5-6; Philippians 4: 4-7, 8-9; Luke 3: 7-18.
• I wonder what helped the writers of these texts celebrate God.
• I wonder what you noticed about God celebrating us.
• I wonder how celebrating God can help us enjoy each other.
Download the entire resource here.