December 13: Receiving the Gift of Joy
Eat Together (30 min) Please practice current safety measures as we begin to gather in-person, seeking to enjoy the devotion of sharing a meal. Consider how to safely eat together (try to have each family bring food for their household, etc.).
Worship & Prayer (20 min)
“Worship is the acknowledgment of, agreement with, and yielding to lordship, wholeheartedly offering attention and affection to ascribe worth.”
We are going to pause for 2 minutes to consider how we will give this week. For those that call Navah home, this is a time for you to give right now or review your giving to all God does in and through Navah. During this time, also listen and ask the Spirit if there is a need/person He wants you to bless. Let’s wait in silence for 2 minutes now. Give Online.
- Covid Pastoral Update Letter for Home Church Leaders
- The annual January Life Transformation School (LTS) has been postponed to April 26th through May 8th. Registration is open HERE.
Kids (time varies)
Consider how you integrate these kids’ resources from Navah Kids. Each home church will do this differently depending on the number and age of the children participating. Remember to include your kids as much as possible and have fun! Resource HERE.
Care (20 min)
- Hi/Lo or Good News Stories
- Invite each person to share a brief Hi/Lo (gratitude and prayer need)
- Consider having the next person who shares pray a short blessing over the previous person who has shared.
Advent Reflections and Resources - Joy: Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-45)
Advent means a coming into place, view, or being. It means “an arrival.” This is the season that we give both reverent and exuberant praise to the Father for giving the Gift above all gifts. He has fulfilled His promise and purposes - that our past, present, and future hope has been revealed in the arrival of Immanuel…God with Us (Isaiah 7:14). He has done this in the Son, Jesus. Our hope, peace, joy, and love have come near through the incarnation of the Son of God. Through Jesus, all things can come into place, view, and being. Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth, peace, and goodwill towards ALL!
Oh God of Wonder, thank You so much for Your generosity in sending Your best for us and to us. Jesus, we worship You, as the Beloved Son sent to ransom beloved sons and daughters back to the Father. Holy Spirit, You are most welcome here in Your people. Advent with us, Lord. Make Yourself at home with us. In the marvelous name of Jesus, amen.
Scripture Reflection - Luke 1:39-45
- Read the scripture once through, asking the Holy Spirit to bring a freshness to the story. After reading, spend a few moments in quiet reflection.
This is a wonderful, creative offering from some of our very own friends in the Navah family. Jesse and Leah Roberts have created this series of songs for enjoyment and reflection during Advent. Enjoy!
Scripture Reflection (read the passage again and engage these questions)
- What do we make of Elizabeth’s declaration when Mary comes to visit?
- Are there any particular times that stand out when you’ve experienced the joy of the Lord’s presence? Take a few minutes and share.
- Where have you experienced the joy of the Lord in this season? Where are you needing His presence to increase your joy?
Advent Prayer of Joy - Isaiah 9:3
King Jesus, we join our voices with the angels who sang at Your birth; You are good tidings of great joy for all people. Lord, we welcome Your presence in which there is fullness of joy. Make yourself at home with Your people. Amen.
Communion (10 min)
- Ask each person/household to prepare elements ahead of time - give them a few days heads up if possible
- Read short passage - 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
- Lead them in receiving the elements
- Consider singing or reciting the doxology together (acapella)
Lord’s Prayer Together (2 min)