ADVENT – December 1st
Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever. Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord or fully declare his praise?
Psalm 106: 1-2
On Remembrance Sunday, Emma suggested that we write down everything we were thankful for, and pop it into a Thankfulness Jar. Start this Advent by decorating a Thankfulness (jam) Jar with a Christmas nativity scene, then each day try to write something different that you are thankful for. Can you reach 24 different reasons to give thanks? Please share a photo of your Thankfulness Jar, and then perhaps share some of the things you are thankful for, as we journey through this period of Advent. Children can join in with this…
Lord, we give thanks during Advent for our many blessings. We give thanks for our family and friends, for our life group and for our wider church family. We give thanks for the freedom we enjoy in this country, as we pray for those who are oppressed. We give thanks for our good health during this pandemic, and we pray for those who are ill. May your love enfold us, your peace dwell within us, and your joy uplift us. Amen.
Silent Night – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n036kBC1HEw
Originally written in German, ‘Stille Nacht’ was composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber with lyrics by Joseph Mohr, and was translated to English in 1859. During the Christmas truce of 1914 during World War I, the carol was sung simultaneously by English and German troops.