Thursday, December 15, 2011

Advent: Week 2 - Preparation Day 3

Advent Tree Ornament - "His Name is John" Sign
  • Click here to download my ornaments to print out yourself.
  • If you have an advent wreath, light two candles while your do your Bible reading (we read it in the morning without the candle and then light the candle when we read it again at night with daddy.)

Bible Reading - Luke 1:57-66

Now the time came for Elizabeth go give birth, and she bore a son.  And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.  And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child.  And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, but his mother answered, "No; he shall be called John.  And they said to her, "None of your relatives is called by this name."  And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called.  And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, "His name is John."  And they all wondered.  And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God.  And fear came on all their neighbors.  And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea, and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, "What then will this child be?"  For the hand of the Lord was with him.

 Activity - "His name is John."  Copywork

Let your child pretend to be like Zechariah and practice his writing at the same time!  Use the page below to have your child write out "His name is John."  You could even have your child be silent while writing this and as soon as he is done, let him speak...just like Zechariah!


Memory Verse - Luke 2:1&3 (if you have older children you could add verse 2)

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered...And all went to be registered, each to his own town.

Discussion -

Explain to your child how everything in all of history had to be prepared just right for Jesus to com in the world.  If everything wasn't 'just so' then the prophecies wouldn't have been fulfilled.  Guess where Mary and Joseph had to go to be registered?  Yes, Bethlehem! God had to arrange it so that Caesar Augustus would call for this census at just the same time that Mary was due to have her baby in order for the prophecy of Micah 5:2 to be fulfilled...amazing!  All this week we will see the stage being set for the coming King.

Vocab Words - (definitions for preschoolers)

  1. Decree - someone saying something that HAS to be done
  2. Caesar Augustus - he was like the 'king' of the area (giving him the right to give a decree!)
  3. Registered - everyone going and writing their name down (or whatever) to say Yes, I am here!) Caesar Augustus wanted to know how many people there were.

Song - O, Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie!
Above the deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by.
Yet in the dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light.
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.

For printable advent ornaments and the list of verses for the whole month, click here.  For all of this weeks activities, click here.

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