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Thursday, December 24

2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm

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Thursday, December 24

2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm

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Advent Week 1 - Hope

Longing for rescue…

In our first week of Advent we will be looking at hope. Paul’s prayer for the Christians in Rome found in Romans 15:13 is often used by churches today as a closing benediction and prayed as a blessing over God’s people. These words of hope are a timeless reminder that our God is the God of hope and it is only through his Spirit that we are filled with the hope of rescue from a life sin. Walk with us as we hear of an amazing story of rescue, and yet realize God’s rescue plan is so much more miraculous.

StoryChilean Miners

Scripture:  Romans 15:12-13 & Isaiah 11:1-10

For Discussion:

  1. According to the scripture in Romans, what must we be filled with in order to have hope?
  2. What do you think was the most important thing the miners in our story needed to have hope?
  3. What must we do to receive joy and peace which leads to hope?
  4. How can we continue to call on the Holy Spirit to fill us with hope?

Activity:  Light a candle

Kids Activity:  Obstacle course in the dark

Prayer:  Father, you are the God of hope. Thank you for the hope that came down in the form of your Son Jesus. May we celebrate the great hope he brings. Thank you for the Holy Spirit that fills us with peace and joy as we believe and are filled with the hope of your ultimate rescue plan for our lives. This Christmas, may we share that hope with those around us that they too may come to acknowledge your miraculous rescue plan.

Living out:  Advent is a time for preparation and expectation. This week, as we focus on Hope, spend time in prayer as a family, asking & expecting God to fill you afresh with His hope and that he would open up opportunities in your schools, workplaces and neighbourhoods this Advent season to share that hope.

You may want to: 

  • Take a neighbourhood prayer walk, praying over each household as you go .
  • Fill a jar with prayers written on slips of paper that have names or situations you want to pray for and draw one out each day and pray about it together as a family.
  • Start a prayer journal, recording your prayers for your neighbours, friends and family this Advent Season. This is a great tool to look back on and see how God is answering prayer.
 

 

Advent Songs: O Come, O Come Emmanuel & Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

1 O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

2 O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory o’er the grave.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

3 O come, Thou Dayspring, from on high,
And cheer us by Thy drawing nigh;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

4 O come, Thou Key of David, come
And open wide our heav’nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

1 Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

2 Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne

 

Advent Week 2 - Love

Love in Action…

As we consider the love of God for us this Advent, we should be overwhelmed knowing that through the coming of Jesus, we can become children of God! But to know and experience the love of God should move us beyond knowing to doing. His love should move from our heads to our hearts to our hands.

Today’s readings emphasize a love that is not simply known but lived out practically and sacrificially. Take a few minutes to read the true story below followed by the Scripture passage before your discussion time.

StoryCorrie Ten Boom: A Story of Sacrificial Love

Scripture: 1 John 3:1-3, 16-18

For Discussion:

  1. How does God show his love for us according to the Scripture passage?
  2. As God’s children, how does he want us to show love?
  3. How did Corrie Ten Boom show sacrificial love?
  4. What is one practical way that you can show love to others this week?

Activity:  Light a candle

Kids Activity:  Joseph Stations

Prayer:  Father, thank you for your great love, demonstrated in the sending of your Son to earth. We remember this Advent that, as Jesus showed us what it means to live a life of love, we are called to do the same. May we love, not simply with words, but with compassion and with action. May our love be sacrificial, knowing that you gave up everything so that we might have life. May we love our neighbour as we love ourselves.

 

Advent Song:

Love Came Down At Christmas

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
Love incarnate, Love divine;
Worship we our Jesus:
But wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
Love be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.

 

Living out:  The message of Christmas assures us how deeply we are loved by God, and Jesus, whose name means “The Lord Saves”, perfectly modeled for us how to selflessly love one another. Love isn’t just a feeling it’s an action. How can you show love in action in your community this week?

You may want to:

  • Spend some time together as a family baking treats or making Christmas cards or ornaments and then deliver them to your neighbours.
  • Volunteer together to serve and bless an organization in your community that helps those in need.
 

We are pleased to be able to support several organizations in our community and abroad this year and we thank you for your generous gifts. Take a look at a detailed breakdown of Forward’s 2020 Christmas Offering.

 

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