World Peace……Peace like a river……Sleep in heavenly peace…… Prince of Peace…….we hear the word a lot but what exactly is Peace? Peace by definition is freedom from disturbance. It is a tranquility, quiet and stillness that gives us calm hearts. From a worldy standpoint peace is freedom from conflict but we know that worldly peace is temporary and futile. Peace is only good as long as everyone is on board with the idea of no arguments or aggressive behavior.
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. (John 14:27)
Peace that God gives is evidence of his Holy Spirit living within us. (Galatians 5:22)
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
To truly experience God’s peace we must have a relationship with Him. Once we accept Jesus into our hearts we will be able to truly experience peace as God intends.
- Light the Peace Candle
-This week light the Joy candle first then the Peace candle.
- What is peace?
- Is peace from God different than world peace?
- Tell about a time you felt at peace
- Scripture Reading (Focus = Wise Men)
-Read Matthew 2: 1-12
-This scripture reading tells of the wise men’s journey to Jesus
1. Does the scripture tell us how many wise men there were?
(No it doesn’t. Often 3 is the number associated with the kings because of the 3 gifts)
2. What exactly is a wise man?
(men of learning and knowledge, studied stars; magi or wise men were rich and could afford luxury travel )
3. Why did they not go tell Herod where the Messiah was?
(God warned them in a dream to go home a different way. Herod did not want to worship the child but hurt him)
- Last Year’s Gift
-Have each person go and find one of the best presents they received last year for Christmas or birthdays. Share it with your family telling why it is a favorite gift.
1. Can you name some of the gifts Jesus received when he was born? (Matt 2:11)
-Gold = present given to kings visiting other countries
(Jesus was King of Kings)
-Frankincense = incense used in worshiping God
(He was God and is to be worshiped)
-Myrrh = a spice used to prepare a body for burial
(Jesus came to die for our sins)
2. What gift would you have brought to Jesus to show how special he was?
- The Silent Game
-Be as still and quiet as you can for several minutes. You can do this in the house or outside in the yard or driveway. Listen quietly and then share what you heard.
(inside you might hear a ticking clock, electronics, dishwasher, heater etc.)
(outside you might hear a bird, car, rustling leaves, buzz of streetlight etc.)
1. Are some sounds hard to hear if you are not totally silent.
2. If you are outside look up at the stars and talk about what the wise men might have seen in their sky that led them to Jesus.
- Name Game
-Think of all the names each family member goes by such as your given name, nicknames, work title, sister, daughter, grandma, friend,
-Talk about some different names of God. Look up Isaiah 9:6
Look at Matthew 2:2 and see what the wise men called Jesus?
God is our Helper – Hebrews 13:6
God is our Shepherd – Psalm 23
God is our Shield – Psalm 28:7
God is our Truth – John 14:6
-Which name of God do you like best? Why?
-Write down a name of God and turn it into a work of art by doodling around it, cutting the name out of magazine letters, or writing it in bubble letters or swirly. After you’ve finished find a place to hang up the names of God your family made.