Christmas Eve Devotions for Families with School Age Children & Youth

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AdventCHRISTMAS EVE:

Opening Prayer:

Gracious God, as our journey reaches its culmination, the beauty of these lighted candles surrounded by greens reminds us that there is always light to be found in darkness. Christ our light and our hope, has come.  Let our lights shine bright, always in honor of you. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Listen to the words of the Prophet Isaiah:

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined.  You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder.  For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.  For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire.  For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom.  He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore.

Candle Lighting:

Speak these words while lighting the first, second, & third candles:
O Wisdom, holy Word of God, Jesus Christ, all things are in your hands, come and show us the way to salvation.

Share:

Your High’s & Low’s for the day.

Read:

Luke 2: 1-14

Talk:

How does the Gospel relate to our High’s & Low’s?

Pray:  Heavenly Father, you came into the world, not to condemn the world, but to redeem the world.  We celebrate your coming just as the Angels, Shepherds, and townspeople of Bethlehem celebrated your coming so long ago.  Glory to you in highest and peace to our brothers and sisters on earth!  Show us the way to proclaim your birth!  In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Bless:  Child of God, Christ is with us, go proclaim his birth!

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From Advent Devotions for Families with School Age Children & Youth by Ariel Williams
Copyright 2012 All Rights Reserved

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