24 December 2023
Bible readings for today
Liturgical colour: VIOLET
God of all hope and joy,
open our hearts in welcome,
that your Son Jesus Christ at his coming
may find in us a dwelling prepared for himself;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
E te Atua o te tūmanako, o te koa,
tūwheratia ō mātou ngākau kia pōwhiritia i a koe,
kia kite ai tāu Tama a Īhu Karaiti i tōna haerenga mai
i tētahi wāhi kua whakaritea mai mōna i roto i a mātou;
ko taua Īhu Karaiti rā anō hoki tō mātou Ariki,
Mary and Elizabeth (Luke 1:26-38)
The Story of Mary and Elizabeth, and how Mary trusted God's plan for her life
Christmas on the Move
All resources from Christmas on the Move, a Strandz advent resource, can be found here
Today is the day for Mary and Joseph to arrive at the stable, ready for the arrival of the baby on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. This can be linked to the Gospel reading.
Make Christmas cards that can be sent to homebound parishioners who will likely receive home communion in the Christmas season. Children, in particular, might like to make cards for members of their own families, or people they sit with or know at church.
You could include the greeting from today’s Epistle: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”. Print this in advance on address labels, or on paper that can be glued inside the card so that younger children who might struggle with writing can also include the greeting.
The BibleProject have a series of animations that unpack the themes of Advent. They are best suited for teenagers and adults, and help give some background context and explanation about the topic. You can watch one about Love here