Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Jesse Tree: Day 27, Joseph's Part of God's Plan

Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25 

Symbol: Tools

Reading: Yesterday we talked about Jesus' mother, Mary. Jesus also had an earthly father named Joseph, who was a carpenter.
God sent an angel to talk to Joseph in a dream. The angel explained that God had chosen Mary, and that Mary's baby would be very special. When Joseph woke up, he knew that he and Mary were a part of God's plan. Joseph knew that he would be a good father to Jesus.

Talk about: Name some ways that God speaks to us. 

Prayer: God who calls us, help us to hear your voice.

Activity: Joseph was a carpenter. As Jesus’ earthly father, Joseph would have taught Jesus how to be a carpenter as well. Have Dad show each child something with carpentry. Either sawing a board, hammering a nail or screwing a screw. Maybe work together to make something? Have your children imagine Jesus and Joseph working side by side. What are some things Joseph might have taught Jesus to make?

*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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