Bible Study “Advent”

Share:  Your highs (something that made you happy) and lows (something that made you sad) this week with others around you or write them down.

 

Questions:

If we thought Jesus was really going to come this year, what things might we do differently? 

What would Jesus expect to find? 

What might we add to our lives or what might we start doing? 

What might we stop doing?

 

In the Bible we hear stories of many people. These people are just like us, they eat and sleep, go to school and work. God has a plan for each of them, and in hearing the stories we learn that God’s plan is for each of us too.

Please open your Bibles to Mark 13:24-37 and read or read the scriptures below. 

Mark 13:24-37

24 “But in those days, following that distress,

“‘the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
25 the stars will fall from the sky,

and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’[a]

26 “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.

28 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it[b] is near, right at the door. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

The Day and Hour Unknown

32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert[c]! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.

35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”

Reflection Questions:

  • Who is speaking here?
  • Who is Jesus speaking to?
  • If Jesus is speaking to us, what do we think he means by "Keep alert!" or "Keep Awake?"

We are now in the season of Advent which begins a new year in the church. Advent means “coming” and we wait for the coming of Christ at Christmas. Today we heard, "Be alert." Notice. Listen. Watch. For what? As we prepare for the coming of Christ what can we notice? What do we listen and watch for?

 

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Videos (Click on words or copy and paste url in search bar)

The Gospel – Mark 13:24-32 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_Hx8z0ZdBU

Children’s Message: Jesus is Coming Mark 13:24-37 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhacD6JUcoU

 

Activities (Click on words or copy and paste url in search bar)

Bible Quiz: 

Word Search: https://thewordsearch.com/puzzle/1676711/

 

Awake! Prayers: Think of some unexpected times you could spend in prayer – even if it is just for a minute, such as waiting for the light to turn green, standing in line to get lunch, waiting your turn to swing on the swing. Then think of two kinds of prayers: “Please” prayers and “Thank you” prayers. Now write or draw these prayers.

 

Advent Wreaths

A traditional Advent wreath will have four taper candles (three blue and one may be pink) set in a wreath of evergreen branches. A bright blue ribbon may be tied to each candle. Frames to hold the candles could be purchased at a religious book store or on online for as little as $4.00 and as much as $50.00.

One candle is lit the first Sunday of Advent, two on the second, three on the third and all four on the Fourth Sunday of Advent. If the candles have not burned all the way down, a white candle may be placed in a candle holder and set in the center of the wreath for the season of Christmas (December 25 – January 5).

A variety of other options are possible. Here are a few suggestions.

You could make a holder for the candles using Styrofoam circles, sold in hobby and discount stores. Cut holes in the circles to hold the candles and arrange the greens, securing them with pins. Caution: Styrofoam is flammable, so don’t let the candles burn all the way down, and as you would with any Advent wreath, never leave it unattended.

You may also use Oasis, which is green florist foam, which you can get from your florist or order online. If you keep watering the Oasis throughout Advent, your greens will stay fresher. It is a good idea to keep a plate under your Oasis wreath so the water does not get on the table. If you use the Oasis, you can simply press the candles into the foam, but do not wiggle them around as the holes will get too big.

If the family wants to leave the candles burning during supper, the tapers will quickly burn down. An attractive, if slightly more expensive, option is to use pillar candles instead of tapers.

Another option is to use a large round tray. (A pizza pan will do.) Place candles in candle holders, arrange them in the pan, and add greens. Place the arrangement where it will remain and then pour in water, which will keep the greens fresh longer.

If you don’t have sufficient candle holders, consider using small juice glasses (or glass babyfood jars) and securing the candles in the containers with clay or Play D-oh. Or just pour baking soda into the jars around the candle, or secure the candles with marbles or small stones. The glasses can then be placed on the pizza pan or large round tray and greens arranged around them. Water can also be added.

Where candles burning brightly are a safety hazard, consider using votive candles (or even the tea light candles) in votive glasses, small glasses, or glass baby-food jars. These can then be arranged in a circle. Greens could be added and all could also be placed on a tray that holds water.

 

Prayer: Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.