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“O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling.”
This verse was read during the lighting of Sunday’s Advent Candle – Joy
“The Big, Big Story”
Big Story, Big Big Story
Big, Big, Big, Big this is Really Big
Big Story, it’s a Big, Big Story
This is Really, Really Big
THIS IS BIG!
(If you want to hear/see the Sunday School kiddos singing that stanza – head on over to our Prince of Peace Facebook Video Page for a small sample).
If you were at Church on Sunday morning you heard (and saw) the Christmas story come to life with the help of our younger members. We met and followed three reporters as they followed a lead to this big story that was happening in a small little town. They interviewed Mary and Joseph, the Star, Angels, Shepherds (and their sheep – can’t forget the sheep) and the Wisemen. They met two young girls who knew that they were supposed to remember something – but couldn’t quite remember what they were supposed to remember.
Throughout the morning we were blessed with fun and meaningful songs that were sung with Joy. As Pastor Natalia pointed out at the beginning of the morning, it’s pretty fitting that the Sunday School Christmas program often falls on the 3rdSunday of Advent. A Sunday when the we light the Candle of Joy. What is more joyful than hearing our young people sing their hearts out to proclaim the good news of Christmas. One of the songs was actually titled: Sing for Joy and the words were –
Sing for Joy. Sing for Joy.
Sing for joy for the messiah has come.
Jesus the Messiah brings peace for all.
Jesus the Messiah brings hope for all.
Jesus the Messiah brings love for all.
That is what we are supposed to remember this Holiday season. Christmas is all about the birth of Jesus, God’s gift to the world. Jesus is our Emmanuel, the promise that God is always with us.
Questions to Ponder or Discuss
1. During this Holiday season, what are the things that bring you joy?
2. Who are some of the people in your life who may need to be reminded of the joy of Christmas?
3. What are some of your most joyful Christmas memories?
At the end of the service we encouraged congregation members to take a red ribbon as a reminder of Christmas. If you grabbed a ribbon – where did you put it? If you weren’t here, and weren’t able to grab a ribbon – we have some waiting for you at church. If you have someone in your life who may need a gentle reminder of the true meaning of Christmas, feel free to pick up a ribbon at church and deliver it to them.
I also encourage you to take a look around this holiday season. At a time when we get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle, the busyness and frustrations of the holiday season, we sometimes skip over the little joys in life. If you dreaded the snow on Sunday morning, take a few moments to put your boots on and see the snow through the eyes of a child – and then look at the world around you with those same eyes.
May you be filled with the joy and wonder of this Holiday Season!