Table Talk: Week of December 11, 2016

As your children learn about Advent and the story of Jesus’ birth in Sunday School this season, we encourage you to continue the conversation at home. Each week, we will provide you with the reading done in church for the lighting of our Advent Candles and questions that can be used to discuss them. You can use them as you light your own candles or simply as a conversation-starter.

Reading

We have lit the first two candles, one for hope and one for peace. Today we add the third candle, the candle of joy. We see joy all around us – in the children, the lights, the music, that gathering together. But how often do we let our preparations or our memories push joy aside? Joy is like an underground spring that wells up within us, but joy requires intention, deliberate cultivation. Like a muscle, it needs to be exercised. So today we open ourselves to joy, trusting that God has already planted it in us. So we give it care and offer it to share.

(The first, second and third candles are lit.)

Prayer

Loving God, as we enter this Advent season, We open all the dark places in our lives and memories to the healing light of Christ. Show us the creative power of hope. Prepare our hearts to be transformed by you, That we may walk in the light of Christ.


Table Talk Questions:

  1. I wonder what brings us joy?
  2. I wonder what makes it harder for us to feel that joy?
  3. I wonder what we can do to make sure that we embrace the joy we feel this season and beyond?
  4. I wonder what we can do to bring joy to others?