In this Advent worship series for families, we are reminded that Christ is with us. He enters into our homes to strengthen and support us, save us and renew us. We are changed by his presence as we grow closer to one another. The theme verse for the entire series is: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
Week 1 • Be Born in Us Today Bringing Blessing (Genesis 12:2): God promises Abraham that an offspring from his line would bring blessing to all. When Jesus was born, that promise came true with abundance. As a craft, families build a family tree.
Week 2 • Be Born in Us Today Bringing Renewal (Isaiah 40:31): The prophet Isaiah declared that a Holy One from God would be born into this world to bring renewal to all the faint and weary. Christ’s birth restores our strength that we might serve him. Families make posters highlighting Isaiah 40:31.
Week 3 • Be Born in Us Today Bringing Guidance (Psalm 31:3): The children of Israel wandered in the desert for 40 years, often doubting God’s plan for them. With the arrival of Jesus on the scene, we have a clear path to the promised land of heaven through him who is the Way. Families create lantern ornaments.
Week 4 • Be Born in Us Today Bringing Power (Exodus 15:6): We point to the power of God present when the Israelites crossed the Red Sea. As we prepare for the birth of baby Jesus, we point to the power at work in our lives through our Emmanuel, God with us. Families put together “Crossing the Rea Sea” displays.
Each service features songs for children, a family-friendly sermon, a group activity or craft, questions for discussion and prayers, along with newsletter/bulletin notices about the series.