Sunday School @ Home – Christmas Eve (December 24, 2020)

SUNDAY SCHOOL @ HOME – Christmas Eve (December 24, 2020)

Bible Passage (for parents)
Jesus is Born (Luke 2:1-20)

On Christmas Eve, we celebrate the birth of God’s only Son, Jesus.  We celebrate that God came down from heaven born as a tiny baby in Bethlehem to Mary and Joseph.  Jesus wasn’t born in a royal palace, but he was born in a stable.  His parents weren’t rich or famous or some kind of experts, they were simple ordinary people.  The angels told about the birth of Jesus to simple shepherds who were taking care of their sheep by night.  While the place and the people weren’t necessarily amazing, what happened was amazing.  Jesus was born!

 

Watch this video together:

https://youtu.be/gx7MGgsiLvA

 

Read:

Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus, God’s only Son.  It is Jesus’ birthday!  God loves us so much that God is willing to do anything to show it, including sending God’s only Son, Jesus, to earth.  In Jesus, God shows love in the form of a baby born to Mary and Joseph.

Jesus would grow up and show us what God’s love looks like in human form.  God’s love is for everyone – no one is left out or excluded. Because of Jesus, we can know that God is always with us and that God always loves us.  Because of Jesus, we can share God’s love with others and serve others in Jesus’ name.  We can help make sure that everyone knows that God’s love is for them – no one is left out or excluded.

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Discuss

  • What’s your favorite thing about Christmas?
  • What in this room reminds you of Jesus?
  • What are ways we can stay focused on Jesus today as we celebrate Christmas?

 

Song

Silent Night.  Lifetree Kids.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-RQGUbAjZk

Activity

If you will be opening Christmas gifts, pray this prayer before you open your gifts:

The gifts are here, Lord Jesus Christ – and so are you!

For you come, as you have promised, whenever we gather in your name, as we do now.

We thank you for these gifts.
We thank you for each other.
Bust most of all we thank you for your nearness here. Amen.

(prayer from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse)

 

Activity

Sing some classic Christmas carols together.  Go to www.youtube.com/lifetreekids and go to the “Videos” tab to find these Christmas songs:  Joy to the World; Silent Night; Angels We have Heard on High; Come, All Ye Faithful; Hark! the Herald Angels Sing; Go, Tell it On the Mountain; O Little Town of Bethlehem; What Child Is This?

 

Prayer

God, today we celebrate the birth of Jesus!  Be with us as we celebrate today and help us always remember that you are always with us and that nothing can separate us from your love in Jesus.  Amen.

 

Pastor Dan Fugate, Assistant to the Bishop for Discipleship in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod, ELCA, put this lesson together for Sunday School @ Home.  There will be a new one for each Sunday while we are unable to gather together physically in our congregational buildings.  Contact him at [email protected].

 

 

 

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