Sunday, November 29, 2015

Jesse Tree: Day 1, A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse

Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-2

Symbol: Stump with branch

Reading: God has a plan for everything. Long before Jesus was born lived a man named Jesse. Jesse had seven sons; the youngest was named David. When David grew up, he became a great king of Israel. God had a plan for Jesse and for his son David, even before they were born. Jesus was also part of Jesse and David's family tree, born many, many years after David. People waited a long time for the birth of the savior. The season of Advent is a season of waiting for us, too. We wait for Christmas, the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
It is hard to be patient, especially when we are waiting for something wonderful like Christmas! But it is important to learn to be patient, and to trust that God has a plan for us, too.
Talk about: Why is waiting so hard?

Prayer: Dear God, we thank you that you have a plan for each of us. Help us to be patient as we wait for Jesus' birthday.

Activity: Put up the stump and make the advent wreath. We light the advent wreath candles each night at dinner.

To make an advent wreath: Make a circle with evergreen branches, or for us without evergreens around, we used green fabric. You need three purple candles and one pink candle with a white candle in the middle. The circle reminds us that God is eternal. The green reminds us of the new life we have in Christ. The candles represent the time of waiting for God’s light to come into the world. They represent Hope, Peace, Joy (Pink), and Love. The white candle is the Christ candle and is lit on Christmas.
Each week you light one more candle starting on a Sunday. This week we light a purple candle for Hope. Next week 2 purple candles. The third week, 2 purple and a pink. The fourth week three purple and a pink. Then all the candles on Christmas.

*The symbol and devotions are from The Reformed Church of America and you can use this link to find what I have used and more at their advent site. 

A copy of the directions to make your own Jesse Tree are here and the patterns for the symbols are here

To find a list of all the linked Jesse Tree posts click here

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