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Sunday, Dec 20

The Week of Love

images adv pages candlesLight two purple candles: the candle of Hope, and the candle of Preparation. Light the candle of Joy, the pink candle.                               Light the candle of Love, a purple candle.

image advent ages scriptureRead 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Luke 6:27-38.


image adv pages activity

Create a Family Recipe Book Contact family members before the next planned visit, and ask them to share their favorite recipes to create a family recipe book as an heirloom. It is especially important to get the recipes of the older relatives. Ask them to write it on a standard recipe card, or have some pretty recipe cards ready when they visit. Make sure they sign and date their recipes. (Ask those who cannot attend to email a recipe.) Categorize the recipes. Then make color copies of the recipe pages and bind them, one book for each household. Or place them in the pages of a single-photo-per-page photo album booklet.

image advent pages craftsBalloon Ornament Place some white glue in a bowl. Partially blow up a small balloon, so it is about ornament size. Rub the glue all over the outside of the balloon. Drape yarn all around the balloon so very little of the balloon shows through. Let it dry. Puncture and remove the balloon.                                Use string for hanging.       (Supplies: silver, red, green, white yarn, white                            glue, needle or pin, red or green small balloon, string for hanging)

image girl prayingLet us reflect on the story of Jesus’ birth in a new way.  He was born into a feed trough and poverty. He was hunted and scorned by the powerful rulers of the time.  He grew up in obscurity. Yet He did not shun our imperfect world. He embraced our world and still desires to embrace us today. Father, help us draw closer to you as we wait and hope for your triumphant return. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

image advent pages insp“If we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.”         George MacDonald, Scottish writer and poet (1824-1905)

Click here for a printable December 20 Advent Fun Page

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