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Advent A Season for All Generations A resource from Women of the ELCA. Narrator Even though this passage of Scripture, Ways to Use This Resource is usually proclaimed on the liturgical feast of. Two Meetings Pentecost in May or June each year it fits both. Two friends might co host four to 12 neighbors, themes of Advent the events surrounding the birth of. friends or relatives Plan to meet twice just before Jesus in Bethlehem as well as the wait and the watch. or during Advent Each gathering could combine one for Christ to come again. part of this program with an activity Christmas crafts When we go back to read about the advent of. cookies or perhaps a simple service project, Jesus birth in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew it. is striking how intergenerational the stories are We. One Day Retreat find daughters who prophesy young men and old. A small or large group might choose to arrange this men seeing visions and very old men and women. program as a one day retreat The group might work discovering the realization of their dreams We will hear. through the first part in the morning enjoy a light. more about them in the second part of this program. luncheon come back to read the second part and, close with a cookie exchange or service project. Discussion questions, Advent Tea or Luncheon, Read the boxed list on page 3 and then ask these.
This program could also be used with an Advent tea or. questions to start a discussion If your group is, luncheon with the whole congregation. large you may want to break into smaller groups, Which of these activities would you consider a. specifically Christian practice of preparation for. The four weeks of Advent are a time of preparation with the birth of Christ at Christmas. a dual purpose We prepare to celebrate Jesus birth. yes We look forward to Christmas so much that we are. sometimes surprised when our musicians and pastors. keep us from singing our favorite carols in church. Not yet they say although we may sneak in a, Christmas song as a prelude or an anthem But it s not. Do any of these activities correspond to the, time yet for all the Christmas hymns sung by the whole second theme of Advent waiting for Christ to. congregation and choir with full gusto We are waiting come in glory Which ones How. as if for the first time for the birth of the King. We are also waiting for the end time This is why, often also to our surprise and consternation we.
liturgical Lutherans find ourselves listening to, Old Testament prophecies John the Baptist s. thunderings and Jesus own words of warning on Share one Advent activity or practice that is. these Sundays of Advent Our church is preparing for especially meaningful for you. the coming of our Lord as a baby in the manger but. also for that day when he will come again in glory to. judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will. have no end, Reader One Read Acts 2 17 18, Reader Two Read Acts 2 19 21. Advent A Season for All Generations A resource from Women of the ELCA. Activity List for Discussion Questions Advent for All Generations. Advent wreath St Nicholas Day, Savior of the Nations Come Evangelical Lutheran. Advent hymns Christmas concert Worship 263, Christmas pageant Christmas caroling Narrator This Advent hymn is one of the oldest. hymns we still sing today It s believed to have been. Service projects Decorations, written by St Ambrose in the fourth century Martin.
Crafts Advent calendars Luther translated and wrote a new arrangement of it. in the 16th century during the Reformation, Family devotions Christmas shopping. Clothes Food and menu, shopping planning All Earth is Hopeful Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Baking Worship services, Narrator This Advent hymn is one of the newest. Candlelight Bible study songs in our worship book written in the 1970s. Advent devotions Advent retreat very recent by hymnbook standards and taking its. place among other hymns that are decades and even, Writing Christmas Giving to church or. centuries older, letters charity, The biblical stories surrounding the birth of Jesus have.
Sending and receiving a similar way of enfolding ancient and new voices. Christmas cards, Zechariah and Elizabeth A Couple of a Certain Age. Narrator In the Gospel of Luke the Advent story, starts with Zechariah and Elizabeth We don t know. All Creating God we thank you for the gift of their age exactly but in Luke 1 7 we read that both. traditions and festivities that help us remember the were getting on in years Both were probably middle. deeper meanings of the holy season of Advent We aged maybe older God gives Zechariah an amazing. pray that you replace our anxieties with the calm and and terrifying vision an angel meets him right at the. the strength of your Holy Spirit Fill us with energy altar Then God gives Elizabeth something that many. O Spirit to do those things which you would have us would say is more amazing and terrifying yet the. do and teach us to watch well O Father God for the power to conceive. One whose second coming we await Jesus Christ our, Reader One Read Luke 1 10 14 23 25. Lord in whose name we pray Amen, Simeon and Anna Senior Citizens. Narrator Even older than Zechariah and Elizabeth, O Come O Come Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran.
are Simeon and Anna mentioned only in the Gospel, Worship 257. of Luke near the end of the second chapter Simeon, is old enough to be looking forward to seeing the. Messiah before he dies Some Bible scholars note, that it is unclear whether the prophet Anna is 84. Advent A Season for All Generations A resource from Women of the ELCA. 91 or even 104 years old depending on whether she Baby John. lived as a widow until 84 years or for 84 years In any. Narrator Meanwhile the youngest generation, case this woman still has important work to do for. must have been making its presence known in the, God s Kingdom She is a prophet who will recognize.
background of the biblical story in these few weeks. the newborn King, before Christmas Elizabeth was in her sixth month of. Reader Two Read Luke 2 36 38 pregnancy when Mary conceived Jesus which means. that Jesus cousin John is starting to do six month. old things about now He would have been sitting, Joseph and Mary The Groom and the Teenage Bride. up reaching out to crawl and getting his voice in, Narrator There is no mention of Joseph s age in the shape for his life s vocation Was there something. Bible Some traditions have it that he was a widower interesting already about the way this baby took his. when he married Mary but we can also think of baths Did he reach out to scoop up the water and. Joseph as a young husband and that he and Mary did he laugh to see it pour through his fingers. had children together in the years after Jesus birth. Reader One Read Luke 1 57 58 67 68 76 80, Mary herself was almost certainly a young teenager. when she and Joseph were engaged She belongs to, the generation of daughters who shall prophesy Pregnant Mary.
from Acts 2 17 and is a preview of those upon Of course central to the Advent story is the baby. whom according to Acts 2 18 even upon my who is making Mary huge with life in these four. slaves both men and women in those days I will weeks before Christmas Many Christian families. pour out my Spirit and they shall prophesy throughout the centuries have experienced a special. joy in pregnancies adoption and caring for babies, during the Advent and Christmas seasons A mom. How to Use This Resource, This program can be simple with all participants sharing in reading the narration and Scripture passages or it can. be more elaborate with several narrators readers and musicians. In either case Scripture texts should be read from a large clearly visible Bible to help visually distinguish the. commentary from the Scripture, Make sure to have enough hymnbooks for everyone and musicians or singers to lead the singing Not all the. Advent hymns called for here will be familiar to everyone but they are well worth learning They are all taken from. Evangelical Lutheran Worship, The discussion questions are optional you may choose one or two to discuss depending on your time constraints If. your group is large you may want to break into smaller groups for conversation. An idea for larger groups Part II of this program focuses on people of different generations You might prepare a. slide show of people of different ages from your congregation to be shown during the narration Or better yet you. might ask people of different generations to stand up or walk across the room as their age group is highlighted. Enlisting help in advance is a great way to make sure that the program is intergenerational. For example someone might carry a baby across the room during the story of the young John the Baptist You might. feature some of the oldest members of the congregation when talking about Simeon and Anna Ask a teenage girl or. expectant parents to stand up when the narration turns to Mary and Joseph. Simple costuming shawls or headcoverings can help people feel less self conscious about standing up before the. group Complete detailed costumes aren t necessary just a suggestion of biblical times will be enough. Advent A Season for All Generations A resource from Women of the ELCA. or dad might be holding a squirming baby during Discussion questions. the candlelight Advent service or a couple might be Who will be the oldest and who will be the. hoping that next Christmas will be the one when they youngest person at your Christmas gathering. hang up baby s first Christmas ornament for their, adopted child.
Reader Two Read Luke 1 34 37, Ancient Angels, If you are under 50 Do you have or have you. Narrator The Advent and Christmas stories are had older people like Simeon and Anna in your. punctuated by angels An angel struck awe into life who have blessed you. Zechariah at the altar and he stayed quiet for nine. months and then started a new life chapter, learning how to be a father to the child who would be. known one day as John the Baptist, An angel appeared to a confused Joseph and helped. him throw out his cautious plans for the best way to If you are over 50 What new thing have you felt led. deal with the situation of his pregnant fianc e Mary by God to do when you were well into middle age. Reader One Read Matthew 1 18 20, Narrator And then a multitude of angels brightened. the night sky to announce the news of the birth of. the Messiah leading shepherds to do something, shepherds would never normally do leave all their.
At what age do people start talking about doing, sheep behind to go and find one little lamb the baby. or seeing something before I die Simeon gives, of Bethlehem. us permission to talk openly and freely about that. Reader Two Read Luke 2 9 14 question What one or two things would you like. Narrator Angels are among the oldest of all God s to do or see before you die. handiwork Even though we usually see them painted, as cherub babies or as graceful young men or women. with wings angels serve the One who is the Ancient. of Days and they ve been doing so throughout the, billions of years since their creation Maybe someday a. human artist will find a way of painting or sculpting an What one or two things do you think God most. angel who is thousands and thousands of years old wants you to do or see before you meet Christ in. person at the end of time, Advent means something new is coming Advent.
means believing that with God all things are, possible The Advent story leads into the Christmas. story which leads to the hope of Christ coming again. in power to set all things right This is a story for all. ages and all generations, Advent A Season for All Generations A resource from Women of the ELCA. y o u k n o w, O God who is Ancient of Days we thank you that. Did Women of the ELCA resources such, you have put us into a world where several as this one are available free to individuals. generations can live together in community We small groups and congregations Covering. thank you for babies in whom we can see our Lord a variety of topics we are bringing Lutheran. Jesus We thank you for young people who have so perspectives and new voices to issues that. many hopes and dreams We thank you for middle matter By making a donation to Women of the. aged people who work so hard We thank you for old ELCA you will help us continue and expand. people who bless us with familiar stories and new, this important educational ministry Give online.
insights We thank you for angels who still startle. at womenoftheelca org or mail to Women of the, people with your messages to us today May this. ELCA ELCA Gift Processing Center P O Box, Advent season be filled with hope and joy peace. and new energy for all of us Help us to trust in your 1809 Merrifield VA 22116 8009. gracious will to serve your kingdom here on earth, to depend on your ultimate power Through our Lord. Jesus Christ we pray Amen, The King Shall Come Evangelical Lutheran. Worship 260, Copyright 2009 Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Written by the Rev Christa.
von Zychlin who serves with the ELCA Global Mission in Hong Kong China All rights reserved May be. reproduced for use in Women of the ELCA congregational units and by synodical women s organizations of. Women of the ELCA provided each copy is reproduced in its entirety and carries this copyright notice Please. Advent A Season for All Generations This two part Advent program is for use by small or large groups during the four weeks of Advent You might use this with your regular study group or as something completely new a special Advent Bible study group in your home or congregation Each part includes prayer hymns Scripture narration and discussion Depending on how much time you want to take

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