Day: Advent 1
Lectionary Passage: Matthew 24:36-44
Scripture Focus: Matthew 24:42-44
Object: A long “to-do list” and a marker
Preparation: Tape together several sheets of paper so that you make one very long “to-do list.” Then, roll the paper up so that you can dramatically unroll it during the sermon.
Wow, there is a lot to get done before Christmas! Look at all this stuff that I have to do… (unroll the list) put up the Christmas tree, hang lights outside, bake cookies, send cards, go caroling…. it goes on forever and ever. But, what’s this? Here at the very bottom of my list… it says: “Prepare for the Birth of Jesus.”
That’s exactly what our Bible passage for today says, too. It tells us that we have to prepare for Jesus’ coming so that we don’t miss it. All of us have got to get ready for Jesus’ birth! I bet we can do that by coming to worship every week even though this is a very busy time of year. And, I think we can prepare at home by reading or listening to Bible stories about Jesus and praying. If we do those things, I know we’ll be prepared for Jesus’ birth.
But, I want to do one more thing… (get your marker ready). I want to move this item from the bottom of my list to the very top because it is the most important thing I’ll do this Christmas. (Rewrite “Prepare for the Birth of Jesus” at the top of the list) There, now my “to-do list” is in order and I can get started on the right foot.
Let’s pray: God, help us to remember that the most important thing we will do all Christmas is to prepare for the birth of your Son. Help us to not get caught up in other things, but to make preparing for Jesus Christ our number one item!