As we go into Week 3 of our Advent Celebration, take a moment to reflect on the meaning of the season.  Why do we make this such a meaningful celebration?  Are we celebrating what we should?  As a family celebrate the joy of the season!  Celebrate the gifts of Love, Peace, and Hope that the Lord of Light has given to each of us!  We are truly blessed!  

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Review First and Second Candles

The first purple candle of Advent was the Promise Candle that reminded us to have HOPE in God’s promises.  He always fulfills His promises to us!  As we lit the second, Bethlehem candle, we remembered the FAITH of Mary and Joseph as they traveled to Bethlehem.  

(These are a few fun things I found that can enhance your Christmas Celebration )

Week 3: The Shepherds Candle or The Candle of Joy

This is my favorite candle!  The third pink candle is a reminder of the Joy that was felt by the shepherds (and us!) when they were told that the Messiah had been born.  Imagine the amazing sight of Angels covering the sky singing God’s praises!  

Read Luke 2:8-18

  • Where were the shepherds when the angel came to them?
  • Why do you think God chose shepherds to share this amazing news?  
  • What did the shepherds do in response to the angel’s news?

Do Sheep Only Obey Their Master’s Voice?

 Deeper Study: The Relationship Between a Sheep and it’s Shepherd in Israel

 

Listen to these songs:

Joy to the World

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night

Little Drummer Boy by Pentatonix

Pray Together:

Lord, Thank you for choosing the humble shepherds to share your amazing news of Christ’s birth!  It shows us that you are not looking for those who are important and successful, but those who have open, humble hearts and seek to worship you!  We praise you for sending your Son to us!  Please help us to tell those around us Your Good News, the way the shepherds did!  Amen

 

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