FAMILY FAITH AT HOME 12/24/17

by Lori Robinson

Categories: Children's Ministry

The week of December 24th – During the month of December, your family will focus on the virtue of generosity. Each week you will gather together and reflect on how you can make a difference to someone else by being generous. Find a time this week to gather as a family, say a prayer, read or listen to a prompt, respond as a family to what you have heard and then act on the suggestion for the week.

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December Virtue            Generosity: making someone’s day by giving something away

What is a virtue?             A virtue is something that God does in us to change the world around us.

GATHER                               together in prayer 

LISTEN                                   through scripture; readings; stories; music; videos

RESPOND                            to what you have heard

ACT                                          in service to what God is calling you to

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GATHER

Gather together as a family and pray this prayer:

Do Generous Things

(The Anglican Church of New Zealand, New Zealand Prayer Book, page 141)

Almighty God,

You give seed for us to sow,

and bread for us to eat;

make us thankful for what we have received;

make us rich to do those generous things

which supply your people’s needs;

so all the world may give you thanks and glory.

This we ask through Christ our Lord.   Amen.

LISTEN                                                                                                                                                                      

Have one person in your family read Luke 2:1-18 (The Birth of Jesus).

This Bible passage can be found online at Bible Gateway via this link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+2%3A1-18&version=NRSV 

Watch this YouTube video called The Christmas Story (performed by the children of St. Paul’s Church, Auckland, New Zealand):                                                                           https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWq60oyrHVQ

RESPOND

For Christians the most generous act of all was God coming to be among us as one of us. God came as close to us as possible in Jesus.  During the Christmas season, we retell the story of the birth of Jesus to remind ourselves of the breadth and depth of God’s generosity.  God was and is and will continue to be with us.  No matter where we are or now we feel or what our circumstances are, God is there.  How have you experienced God’s generosity this holiday season?  What are the ways you can extend God’s generosity to others in the year to come?

ACT

Christmas is a season that lasts for twelve days starting on December 25th and ending on January 5th.   For the next twelve days, reflect as a family on how being generous changes us as we continue to make someone’s day by giving something away to others.  Come up with twelve ideas for how to be generous towards others that your family can act on in the new year.

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Food for Thought

The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.”  Luke 1:30-31  (Bible)

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.  John 1:14  (Bible)

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.  Albert Camus

Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.  Frank Howard Clark

As desire abates, generosity is born. When we are connected and present, what else is there to do but give?  Jack Kornfield