Advent 4A

Day: Advent 4A

Lectionary Passage: Isaiah 7:10-16

Scripture Focus: Isaiah 7:14

Object: None

Hello everyone! Today is the fourth Sunday in Advent. That means Christmas is just days away. I bet we all know what happens on Christmas… we celebrate the birth of Jesus! But did you know the birth of Jesus was known way, way, way before it ever happened?! I’m talking way more than nine months. Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah told God’s people a virgin would give birth to a baby boy named Immanuel.

Just in case you think that could be anyone, let me explain two important things. First, Isaiah had to be talking about Jesus because a woman can’t be a virgin and have a baby unless that baby is the Son of God, the Messiah. Second, we know it was Jesus because the name Immanuel means “God with Us” and Jesus is God who was born on earth to be with us.

The birth of Jesus was so important that God made sure people knew about him coming way, way, way before it ever happened. And God didn’t want people to get confused, so God made sure that Jesus was born in a very special way – to a virgin – and named so everyone would know him – Immanuel, God with Us.

Let’s pray: Mighty God, thank you for speaking to Isaiah to help us prepare for the coming of Jesus on Christmas. Help us prepare our hearts by remembering Christmas is a celebration of your mighty work in the world. Amen.

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Advent 4B

Day: Advent 4B

Lectionary Passage: Luke 1:26-38

Scripture Focus: Luke 1:26

Object: Paper airplane

Preparation: Before this lesson, practice making a paper airplane. For instructions, visit a website like http://www.funpaperairplanes.com.

This morning, I’ve got a piece of paper with me (show the kids the piece of paper). Now, I know what you’re thinking: it’s just a plain old ordinary boring piece of paper. You’ve seen that a thousand times. But, you know, sometimes the most ordinary things can become something amazing (begin making an airplane).

That happened in the Bible you know. At least one time it happened with an ordinary girl named Mary. God sent the angel Gabriel to tell her she was chosen by God to have a son named Jesus. Well, you can bet Mary was surprised. After all, she was just like you and me, a regular ordinary person.

But, you know what? God could see something extraordinary in Mary and that’s why God asked Mary to be Jesus’ mom. And it turned out that she was a great mom who loved and cared for the baby Jesus.

Just like that plain old piece of paper didn’t seem like much, on the outside Mary is just ordinary, but when she said “yes” to God she became an extraordinary part of God’s plan. Kinda like how that ordinary piece of paper can turn into a great airplane (fly the airplane)!

Let’s pray: God, help us be courageous and faithful like Mary so that when you call on us, we will say “yes” too. Amen.