Good News of Great Joy

"Glory to God in the highest..."

“Glory to God in the highest…”

Listen to the words of the birth of our Messiah from the Amplified Bible “…And she gave birth to her Son, her Firstborn: and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room or place for them in the inn.  And in that vicinity there were shepherds living [out under the open sky] in the field, watching [in shifts] over their flocks by night.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone all about them, and they were terribly frightened.  But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all people.  For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ(the Messiah)the Lord!’ [Micah 5:2]…Then suddenly there appeared with the angel an army of the troops of heaven (a heavenly knighthood), praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth peace among men with  whom He is well pleased.’  (Luke 2:7-14)

We rarely see the heavenly host mentioned in the passage above, portrayed as a mighty army…but you can certainly use this season to do a teaching on angels. (There are a few facts about angels in the Aug. 11, 2011 post entitled “Jacob’s dream”) To make the angels above you will need a few craft items.  Hopefully you will have access to pinecones, a black sharpie to draw the faces, tacky glue, silver pipe cleaners , dolly hair , wooden beads and  wide ,white ribbon (if it has wire it will be easy to form into wings)  and a can of “snow”.  Try to pick out pinecones that will be in proportion to the wooden beads, upon which you will draw the faces of the angels.   If you have young kids you might have to draw the faces for  them.  You will also want to spray your pinecones with the “snow” so they can be dried in time for your class.   Twist a small length of ribbon in the middle for the wings ….if you have the ribbon with wire, you can fold the edges of the ribbon back so there is no rough edge. (see sample below)

back of angel

I attached the wings to the back of the pinecone with “sticky tack” …it is a white putty  that you use to put pictures on your walls.  If that is not available, just use a big blop of tacky glue. (there are other colors…make sure you use white!) The heads will go glued on one end of the pinecone…whichever you prefer. Apply glue around the neck of your angel and attach  a “collar” of pipe cleaner, twisting it to secure.  Last you will attach a small amount of doll hair with glue….be careful…this stuff has a mind of its own!  Add a silver pipe cleaner  halo if desired.

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I have not posted in a while as my Father has passed away and I have been busy putting his residence up for sale and getting  myself ready to move.

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I have written a book as a Christmas gift for a young friend.  To see it go to (12/18/2012)

Jesus was a Boy Once

There is only one story of Jesus as a boy in the New Testament  (Luke 2)  It is hard to imagine a sinless little boy…but of Jesus, we read,   “And the child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom, and the grace of God as upon Him.” When he was 12, he accompanied Mary and Joseph to Jerusalem for the Passover Feast.  Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem  when everyone else returned.  Mary and Joseph discovered his absence a day later and rushed back to Jerusalem to find Him. After three days of frantically searching, they finally found Him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions. His answer to an anxious mother is well known, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” Jesus went back to Nazareth with them and He “increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”   The project is designed to have the kids consider what strengthens their spirit and what weakens it .  I hope you go over the definition of “spirit” in your lesson…it might be a new concept for younger children.  Two brass brads needed for each project and blank spaces for kids to write-in their ideas.

Messiah is Born

“Away in a manger…”

You shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Mt. 1:21

“And she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger”.Luke 2:7 These are the verses that go glued on the flaps of the manger.

Instructions for manger

Instructions for manger

If you teach the birth of John the Baptist you can trace each child’s hand and make an ornament.

Prayer ornament -2