Year B, Advent to Epiphany, 2011/12: Surprised by Awesome Deeds

illust. Megan Kamei
2011, 20 pp
During the season of Advent, God’s Christian children approach Christmas with a unique focus. Like eager children waiting for the arrival of expected guests, we long to experience the transforming presence of God in our midst. During this Advent season, you are invited to meditate on God’s coming in surprising places and with awesome deeds.

We will worship and reflect on the Scriptures in conversation with each week’s subtheme. Beginning with a call to pay attention to what God is up to, it will continue with a focus on scene changes, on sadness changing to gladness, on changes in our world’s order, to celebrating Jesus, God’s saving surprise, and finally to welcoming our growing church family. The prayers and activities in this booklet are adapted from the Worship resource, Awesome Deeds We Do Not Expect, developed by the Advent 2011 writing team from the Pacific Northwest Conference for Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA’s magazine Leader: Equipping the Missional Congregation.

Use the resource in whatever way best fits into your home’s routines and life stage realities. If your family has younger children, feel free to simplify, shorten, and paraphrase the prayers and pondering thoughts. Or, consider using the Early Childhood Birth Narrative Ritual.

The pondering questions are designed to help you listen and respond to the nudging of the Holy Spirit. Feel free to share these thoughts or ponder them silently in your heart as Mary did.

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