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Jesse Tree - Day 18

Dec
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Day 18 – Elizabeth’s Joy

Bible Ref: Luke 1, Ornament: Mother & child

Elizabeth and her husband were old and had no children, but miraculously God had made Elizabeth pregnant.

When she was about 6 months pregnant, there was a knock on the door.  She had a very special visitor. It was Mary, her young cousin from Nazareth.

Elizabeth’s baby leapt in her womb when he heard Mary’s voice.  It was amazing! Elizabeth knew already in her heart that Mary was pregnant with baby Jesus, and that is why the baby leapt – with joy.

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Advent prayer - Sunday 18th December

Dec
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O Lord of might, come and redeem those enslaved in a country not their own.

 

Prayer idea for today:

Pray as you walk for the people you pass.

 

Prayer starter:

Lord, I’m asking you to help…

 

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Jesse Tree - Day 17

Dec
17

Day 17 - Mary

Bible Ref: Luke 1:26-38, Ornament: Angel Gabriel

There was a young girl who lived in Nazareth.  Her name was Mary and she was engaged to a man named Joseph.  One morning, Mary was minding her own business when, suddenly, a great warrior of light appeared – right there, in her bedroom.  He was Gabriel and he was an angel, a special messenger from heaven.

Can you imagine how you would feel if an angel suddenly arrived in your bedroom? When Mary saw the tall shining man standing there, she was very frightened.

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Advent prayer - Saturday 17th December

Dec
16

The Advent Antiphons

As we move into the last week of Advent, we will be adding an extra element to our daily prayers.

 

Traditionally, seven antiphons or refrains, all beginning ‘O ...’, were sung before and after the

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Advent prayer - Friday 16th December

Dec
16

Prayer idea for today:

What do you feel frustrated or angry about? Maybe you feel angry or frustrated with God.  Talk to Him about it, and be willing to listen to Him too.

 

Prayer starter:

Father, I choose to give you...

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Jesse Tree - Day 16

Dec
16

Day 16 – Jonah and the Big Fish

Bible Ref: Jonah, Ornament: Big Fish

God had a job for Jonah.  But Jonah didn’t want to go.  “Go to Nineveh,” God said, “and tell your worst enemies that I love them.”

“No!” said Jonah.  “Those are bad people doing bad things!”  “Exactly,” said God.  “They have run far away from me.  But I can’t stop loving them.  I will give them a new start.  I will forgive them.  You must go and tell them.”

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Jesse Tree - Day 15

Dec
16

Day 15 –Isaiah’s Letter from God

Bible Ref: Isaiah 11, Ornament: Scroll

There was once a man named Isaiah.  God had a special job for Isaiah.  It was his job to listen to God and tell people what he heard.  Now, God let Isaiah know a secret.  God was going to mend his broken world, and he showed Isaiah his Secret Rescue Plan:  “Operation: No More Tears!”  This is the message he gave to Isaiah for all his people:

Dear Little Flock

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Advent prayer - Thursday 15th December

Dec
14

Prayer idea for today:

If there are any flowers or flowering shrubs in your garden, pick a stem and bring it indoors; otherwise buy a stem from the florist. Sit with it. Study it. Pray with it. 

 

Prayer starter:

Today, Lord, I just want to tell you...

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Advent prayer - Wednesday 14th December

Dec
14

Prayer idea for today:

Try praying with open hands, and in a different position. If you usually sit, try kneeling or standing. 

 

Prayer starter:

Jesus, thank you for saving me from...

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Advent prayer - Tuesday 13th December

Dec
14

Prayer idea for today:

Look through the Christmas cards you've received so far, and pray for the people who sent them.

 

Prayer starter:

Lord, help me overcome...

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