Advent 2016 Assembly Liturgy

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Leader 1 & 2: Hi, I'm Mr./Ms. (First name)!
Leader 1: Good morning/evening!! Guess what! Christmas is coming soon! Every December, we celebrate how Jesus came to earth as a baby.

And I have some exciting news! In just a few weeks, on December 11, we’re going to have our assembly time downstairs with all of the grown-ups! We will sing for all of the adults and show them what we do upstairs each Sunday. We’ll sing for them, say our Bible memory verse for them, and we’ll even do our Catechism time for them!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll going to practice the songs we will sing downstairs. So here is what I need you to do. Everyone hold up five fingers (Wait for the children to respond). I want you to focus ALL five of your senses (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting… that’s funny… you won’t need those senses). Keep your hands and feet to yourself and don’t touch your neighbor. Then, whenever I say, “Give me five,” focus ALL of your attention on me, and we will work together to sing God’s praises.

Here is our first song, “Go Tell It on the Mountain” Listen while I sing the verses. Then join in and do the hand motions during the chorus.

"Go Tell It On the Mountain"

Leader 2: Our memory verse this month is 1 John 3:1a! Can you repeat it after me? See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1a

Hand motions:

See (point to your eyes)

what great (extend arms out)

love (cross arms over chest)

the Father (point up)

has lavished on us (palms up, extend hands from center out)

that we should be called (point to self)

children (palms down, make a downward motion like you’re patting a child’s head)

of God! (point up)

And that is what we are (point to self, then extend hands out, palms up)

Leader 2: God has shown us his abundant love, and the way for us to respond to him is by loving him back. Let’s sing a song about how we can love and adore our Savior Jesus. 

“O Come Let Us Adore Him"

Leader 1: It is so wonderful to worship God together! We can worship by singing, and by giving an offering, which you can do during this next song! Do we bring our offerings to God because He needs our money? No!! We know that everything we have is from God. We bring our offering to show that we trust Him to continue to provide for us and because we want to worship Him by giving Him back a portion of what He’s given to us.

Leader 2: The next song we’re going to sing is a story! It’s about a man named Zechariah. I want you to listen carefully to the words of the verse, then in the chorus you can do the hand motions and funny sounds with me. We’ll all sing the final chorus together. [In November, you may want to teach the kids the words of the chorus first. Start with the chorus and review it a few times, then sing the entire song].

“Zechariah” by Rain for Roots

Leader 1: Hey, who can tell me what time it is? (Catechism time!!)

(Play Catechism riff like “Tequila”: G-F-G-F x3, G-F-G “Catechism!”)

Leader 2: Here is our question for this month! I’ll read the question and you will all read the answer together! [If you have an especially active older kid, you can ask them to read the question out loud for everyone to respond to]

Q: Why do we give? A: We can give because everything we have is a good gift from God

(Some campuses will use the question below)

Q: Why should we obey God? A: We (point to self) obey (hands on forehead, bring them down in front of you) God (point upwards) because He loves us (cross hands over chest.)

Leader 2:  Let’s pray! Let’s sit down… Bow your heads… and fold your hands… and close your eyes… and let’s talk to God!  Father God, thank you for sending Jesus to earth. You created everything. You are king over everything. But you loved us enough to become a little baby. Jesus, we praise you for going to the cross to die and take the punishment for our sins. Thank you for giving yourself to us as the greatest Christmas gift! Amen.

Instruct all kids to sit down, then dismiss by one age group at a time: Preschool, then Kindergarten, then instruct Elementary to move up for the lesson.