Explanation of our liturgy and how we attempt it is here.
This was a hectic week for us with family illness (blessedly mild, but with three little ones, always disruptive!) and shopping for a “new” car, but I wanted to post both the liturgy we followed this week, and my rationale for what we’ll be doing for Advent.
The liturgy for this week is below.
Our Advent Plan
The fun thing about working with a season like Advent is that there are so many ways to approach the core themes of celebration and longing that the season is about (not to mention the story itself!).
Because our kids are so young, we’re going to take a story-based approach to the four weeks (which includes the week of Christmas itself). Someone gave us Mary’s First Christmas by Walter Wangerin Jr. a while ago: it looks cheeseball, seems cheeseball, but Wangerin is awesome – as evidence, read The Book of the Dun Cow. It’s broken into four ‘chapters,’ and imagines Mary telling a young Jesus the stories around his birth. It’s really cool.
For our memory verse, we’re going to attempt Luke 2:11-12 and see how that goes. Here’s the NIV version:
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
And our kids know a good number of Christmas carols – they’ve kept them in rotation for our bedtime songs through the year, thanks largely to this book – so we’ll do a different one each week. First week: “Joy to the World.”
This week: November 26
Season: Preparation (Old Testament history)
“Chapter”: The prophets (the need for changed hearts)
Chapter memory verse:
- “God will give us a new heart and put his Spirit in us.”
- (Ezekiel 36:26-27, Joseph’s loose version for kids)
Chapter song: “Amazing Grace”
Chapter catechism (New City): Q35
Q: Where does faith come from?
A: We receive all gifts from Jesus through the Holy Spirit.
This week’s story (Jesus Storybook Bible): “Get Ready!”