Thursday, November 18, 2010

December 6: The Shepherds and Angels

*For today's gift, wrap the shepherds, sheep and angels from your unbreakable nativity set.

  • Give the children the figurines to unwrap.

  • Read Luke 2:8-20 and let the children use the figurines as puppets to "act out" the events of this passage.

"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.'

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, 'Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.'

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread

the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told."

  • Afterward, talk about the excitement the shepherds felt about this big news they were able to share.

  • Think of a time in your family when you were excited to share some big news (perhaps the news of a new baby).

  • Use the example of your excitement to share "big news" to help understand how excited the shepherds were to share the news of Jesus' birth.

  • Pray with your family. Thank God for the shepherds and the angels and all the excitement surrounding the birth of baby Jesus. Thank God for the feelings of excitement your family has experienced. Ask God to give your family excitement to share the story of Jesus with others.

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