Monday, December 22, 2014

Joy to the World

Joy To The World
This is the final week of our Advent journey as we “Rediscover the Christmas Season”. With help and thanks to a You Version devotional, we have looked at the significant characters in the greatest story ever told, the coming of Christ and the first Christmas.

Each weekday this blog has included four elements that we have interacted with the Bible story. Exposure, Exploration, Expression, and Experience.

Psalms 100

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. 2Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his and not we ourselves we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. for the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Exposure: Read the passage from Psalms. Get a group together and go Christmas caroling. Visit some rest homes or shut ins like a group of us pictured above did last week.

Exploration: What were people's responses to your singing? What is your favorite Christmas caroling song? Why is it your favorite song?

Expression: Copy down in your own handwriting the lyrics to your favorite Christmas carol. Ask God to use this season to help you experience the joy and peace the song communicates in a new way this year.

Experience: What is your favorite memory of a Christmas carol?

Your pastor and partner in ministry,

Celebrate Christmas 2014
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