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Week #2 Advent Devotions For Families With Small Children

Two CandlesSECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT:

Opening Prayer: (Pray – Peat/Repeat Style)

Gracious God, we look at our Advent Wreath as a reminder that Jesus’ light is coming.  Help us be patient while we wait. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Listen to a story about the Prophet Jeremiah:

Read: Jeremiah – Pg. 176 & A Good Ruler – Page 178 from the Spark Story Bible. (Or similar story from your favorite Story Bible)

Candle Lighting:

Speak these words while lighting the first candle:
O God, with happiness, we remember the promise of your Son.  Help us tell your story to others, like Jeremiah. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Share:

What’s something that happened today that made you happy?  What’s something that happened today that made you sad?

Read:

Mary Visits Elizabeth – Pg. 202 from the Spark Story Bible (Or similar story from your favorite Story Bible)

Talk:

  • What’s something you thought was interesting in the story?
  • Mary and Elisabeth both were blessed by God.  How are you blessed by God?
  • The people in the stories were all messengers of God, they told others his promises and stories. Can you be a messenger for God? Who could you tell about these stories?

*It’s amazing how answers change from one day to the next… it’s often fun to write down responses in a family journal and read them back at the end of the week.*

Pray:  (Pray – Peat/Repeat Style)

Heavenly Father, help us to remember these stories and to share them with others.  Bless us and make us your messengers.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Bless:  Child of God, listen for his message, hear the voice crying out, prepare the way of the Lord.

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WEEK 2 NIGHTLY DEVOTIONS:

Opening Prayer: (Pray – Peat/Repeat Style)

Gracious God, we light two candles and think about all of the stories told by your messengers. Open our ears to hear them.  Help us share what we hear.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Candle Lighting:

Speak these words while lighting the first and second candle:
O King of all nations, Jesus Christ, only joy of every heart, come and save your peopleAmen.

 Share:

What’s something that happened today that made you happy?  What’s something that happened today that made you sad?

Read:

Mary Visits Elizabeth – Pg. 202 from the Spark Story Bible (Or similar story from your favorite Story Bible)

Talk:

  • What’s something you thought was interesting in the story?
  • Mary and Elisabeth both were blessed by God.  How are you blessed by God?
  • The people in the stories were all messengers of God, the told others his promises and stories. Can you be a messenger for God? Who could you tell about these stories?

*It’s amazing how answers change from one day to the next… it’s often fun to write down responses in a family journal and read them back at the end of the week.*

Pray:  (Pray – Peat/Repeat Style)

Heavenly Father, help us to remember these stories and to share them with others.  Bless us and make us your messengers.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Bless:  Child of God, listen for his message, hear the voice crying out, prepare the way of the Lord.

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From Advent Devotions for Families with Small Children by Ariel Williams
Copyright 2012 All Rights Reserved

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Author:

I spent most of my life living in the great Pacific Northwest (Oregon). I went to college in South Carolina. I have also lived in Arkansas, North Carolina, kind of Virginia, Texas, & currently Pennsylvania. I’m a single-mom of two amazing children (aka – “The Things”) who keep life very interesting! I’m a pastor-in-training. The snark is fiercely strong with me! #Javaluia #VivaMoreCoffee

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