Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to learn about how your Son is the light of the world. Help our time together to be holy time. In your name we pray, Amen.
Bible Story: John 1:1-5
Our parish just finished Vacation Bible School, and one of the main emphases this year was the Jesus is the light of the world. This story is often read on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, and reminds us also of the creation story in Genesis, which we learned about last week. Take some time to read it out loud together (maybe even in repeat-after-me style):
John 1:1-5 (NRSV version)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
Discuss as a family:
Who do you think the Word is? What was the Word’s job? What came into being through him? What is the light like?
One of my favorite mentors, Rich Melheim, talks about how, when you open a door from a light room into a dark room, the light spills into the darkness, but not the other way around. For me, this is a helpful image when thinking about what it means that Jesus came into the world as the light of the world. It changed forever because of him!
Song: Light of the World
For our song this week, we reviewed the Bible School Song “Light of the World.” Here is the lyric video, provided to Life Tree Kids by Group on Youtube:
Activity: Light of the World Necklaces
For this week’s activity, I purchased LED heart necklaces from the Dollar Store. You could also get glow bracelets, or necklaces, or mini-flashlights. After we unwrapped them, my girls had a great time spreading Jesus’ light wherever they went for the next couple of days. Every once in a while, I would ask “Who is the light of the world?” and they would tell me “Jesus!” It’s a simple way to have this week’s story stick with you! Here are a couple of pics of the fun we had (they were moving so fast that I couldn’t get all of them in focus at once. You get the idea, right? J ): (5,6, arms up)
Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith! I hope that this time was holy time for you.
Closing Prayer: (Can be a repeat after me prayer if you have non-readers in your family)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for holy time together as a family. Thank you for being the light of the world. In your name we pray, Amen.