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Gospel Grams 2 — Sunday Activities for Children

Based on John 1:6-8, 19-28

Advent 3, Cycle B





Interest is sparked by stimulating activities for preschool and young children

Familiarity with the Bible is achieved with easy to learn, memorable Bible verses

The Biblical message is reinforced with inspiring, lectionary-based stories

Related coloring pictures help illustrate the basic Gospel lesson

Lectionary-based, so that children use the same page as the rest of the congregation

Economically smart: download and print only what you need


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The Immediate Word

Christopher Keating
Dean Feldmeyer
Ron Love
Mary Austin
George Reed
In the lectionary gospel text for the fourth Sunday of Advent, the angel Gabriel brings dumbfounding news to an incredulous Mary -- telling her that she “will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.” But before he gets to the meat of his message, the angel tries to calm her, saying: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” That emphasis on letting go of our fear is echoed in Luke’s nativity narrative, in which the angel announcing the Lord’s birth to a ragtag group of shepherds begins his message by telling them: “Do not be afraid; for see -- I am
Christopher Keating
Dean Feldmeyer
Ron Love
Mary Austin
George Reed
In the lectionary gospel text for the fourth Sunday of Advent, the angel Gabriel brings dumbfounding news to an incredulous Mary -- telling her that she “will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.” But before he gets to the meat of his message, the angel tries to calm her, saying: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” That emphasis on letting go of our fear is echoed in Luke’s nativity narrative, in which the angel announcing the Lord’s birth to a ragtag group of shepherds begins his message by telling them: “Do not be afraid; for see -- I am

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Arley K. Fadness
“And she gave birth to her firstborn son, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” (v. 7)

Good Morning boys and girls,

Happy Christmas. Are you excited like I am today? What makes you and me so deleriously excited and happy on Christmas day?

Of course -- today is Jesus' birthday! He was born, of all places, in this manger. (point to the manger in the Nativity scene -- talk about why Jesus was born in a manger)

StoryShare

Keith Wagner
Peter Andrew Smith
Contents
"Let it Be" by Keith Wagner
"Faith and Obedience" by Keith Wagner
"Looking Forward" by Peter Andrew Smith


Let it Be
by Keith Wagner
Luke 1:26-38

Keith Hewitt
David O. Bales
Contents
"The Conversation" by Keith Hewitt
"New Christmas" by David O. Bales
"The Best News" by David O. Bales


The Conversation
by Keith Hewitt
John 1:1-14

The conversation took place on an unnamed world, circling an unnamed star.

Well, sort of...

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Frank Ramirez
Bob Ove
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Isaiah 52:7-10
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’ ” This is the prophet’s foretelling of the roles that Emmanuel will fill in our world. The infant child born so long ago is seen as a messenger from God, a messenger who shares the good news that God’s realm is at hand, that we are a part of the family of God, and that peace can fill our hearts, our homes, and our world.
David Kalas
Christmas accommodates a lot of stories. When you and I think of the Christmas story, of course, we think immediately of the birth of Jesus. But that in itself is an umbrella under which we find several stories. And since that inaugural event, Christmas has inspired many additional stories as well.
Bob Ove
Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
How is it that we presume to know what God wants? David is so very sure that God wants him to provide a permanent home for the ark and for God to dwell within. Yet God has not placed this request on David’s heart. It is David who thinks this will be a good idea.
Sandra Herrmann
I remember vividly the day when my Hebrew teacher said, “Pastor Sandra, do you recognize this word?” I sounded it out: “E-man-yu-el. Oh! God with us.”

The rabbi smiled. “I thought you would enjoy that.” He was quite pleased to have Christian pastors in his class. These little moments of discovery were more impressive if it was a pastor, because we took such pleasure in these little discoveries. More, we would be sure to tell our parishioners, and that would spread a little knowledge much further. And to the rabbi, the spread of Godly knowledge was of paramount importance.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Since it's Christmas Eve, I thought I'd offer you a story. This is a true story and it comes from America, from Pastor Rob Reid, of New York.

The brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned to their first ministry to reopen a church in suburban Brooklyn, arrived in early October excited about their opportunities.

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