Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Christmas 1 C: Transformation, Going Deeper, Changing Direction
Bible readings: Luke 2:41-52, Colossians 3:12-17
Theme: Transformation, Going Deeper, Changing Direction
Drama: One Day in the Temple
Found in Let's Make A Scene Too by Verena Johnson, Lutheran Publishing House, 1991, ISBN 085910608X, page 9, (pictured in an earlier blog)
Kid's Discussion: Based on above drama
What is the thing you like doing best?
What new thing have you recently learnt to do?
Point: Because Jesus was a kid growing up and learning new things too, God knows what it is like to be a kid.
To share with your neighbour: What is your earliest understanding or memory of God?
To think about in silence: How much has changed since that earliest memory?
Story: Who Am I?
Found in The Youth Bible, Word Publishing, 1991, ISBN 0849909252, page 1006 (pictured)
Story:What Do We Expect?
Can't source this story - think I found it in an email.....
A ten year old girl went with a group f family and friends to see the Christmas lights at various locations in her tow. At one church they stopped and got out to look at a beautiful nativity scene. "Isn't that beautiful?" said the little girl's grandmother. "Look at all the animals, Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus." "Yes, Grandma," replied the grand daughter. It's really nice. But there's one thing that bothers me. Isn't baby Jesus ever going to grow up....he's the same size he was last year!"
Poem: Coming of Age
By Bruce Prewer in Beyond Words, Joint Board of Christian Education, 1995, ISBN 1864070722
Prayer: Thank you for the Life of Our Brother
By Bruce Prewer in Brief Prayers for Australians, Open Book Publishers.
Response Activity: Transformation
Ask: How can we respond to God's call to be continually transformed?
The ask people to:
1. come out and light a candle as a symbol of their willingness to be transformed by God, to grow deeper and to continue on their faith journey this coming year,
2. light their candle from the Christ candle to show that this is a journey they make with Jesus beside them, and
3. place the candle with everyone's elses as a sign that this is a journey they make together.