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Taking Faith Home


 
Mealtime Prayer:  
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above, you heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  Amen.
 
 LUTHER’S MORNING PRAYER
I thank you, heavenly Father, through your dear Son, Jesus  Christ, that you have protected  me through the night from all  harm and danger,  I ask you  to keep me this day, too, from  all sin and evil, so that in all my  thoughts, words and deeds I  may please you.  In your hands I place my body and soul and all that is mine.  Let your holy angel be with me, so that the evil one may have no power over me.   Amen.

LUTHER’S EVENING PRAYER
I thank you, heavenly Father, through your dear Son, Jesus Christ, that you have graciously   protected me today.  I ask you to forgive all my sins and the wrong which I have done.  And graciously keep me this night. In your hands I place my body and   soul and all that is mine. Let your holy angel be with me, so that the evil one may have no power over me.  Amen.


TAKING FAITH HOME 11/20

CARING CONVERSATION: Discuss in your household or small group:
• Share about a time you overslept. What happened?
• Jesus asks his followers to “keep watch” as he could return at any time (Matthew 24:42). What does it mean to “keep watch” for Jesus?
DEVOTIONS:
Set up an Advent wreath to use in your home. An Advent wreath contains 5 candles: 4 in a circle and 1 in the center. The circle represents the eternity of God, and the 4 candles are usually blue or purple. The center candle is usually white. It represents Christ and is lit on Christmas Eve and
Christmas Day. In the first week of Advent light the first candle and say these words:
Say: This is the first week of Advent. Advent means “coming”. We are waiting and preparing for the coming of Christ. Let us light the first Advent candle, the candle of waiting. (The candle is lit).
Read: Read one of the following passages: Psalm 27:14; Psalm 33:20; Isaiah 51:5; Isaiah 64:4; Lamentations 3:25-26; Micah 7:7.
Pray: Pray the prayer of the week or make up your own.
SERVICE:
Bake Christmas cookies together to give away to friends and neighbors.
RITUALS AND TRADITIONS:
Make a paper chain with a link for each day of December up to Christmas Day (suggestions below). Remove a link each day and do what it says:
• Share: “What gives you peace?”
• Share: “What gives you joy?”
• Share: “What gives you hope?”
• Compliment the people you see.
• Read Jeremiah 33:14-16.
• Share hugs with one another.
• Share good Christmas memories.
• Read Isaiah 11:1-3.
• Play a game together.
• Sing a Christmas carol.
• Share what you like about Christmas.
• Read Micah 5:2-4.
• Tell the nativity story.
• Make a special Christmas card for someone.
• Read Isaiah 7:14.
• Sing another Christmas carol.
• Do an act of service for another.
• Share a Christmas food.
• Read Isaiah 9:6-7.
• Go for a walk together.
• Draw a Christmas picture together.
• Read Luke 1:26-38.
• Read Matthew 1:18
Scripture Verses for the Week:
Always be ready! You don’t know when the Son of Man will come.” Matthew 24:44 (CEV) A Prayer for the Week: Lord God, keep us awake in our faith, alert and ready to do what is right. Amen.
Advent Mealtime Prayer: Bless our table, gracious God, and all who sit at it. As we wait for Jesus’ return, give us the gift of sharing with others. Amen.
A Bessing to Give: May the Lord Jesus be as near to you as your clothes. May he help you live in good ways and keep you awake in faith. Amen.

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