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In the following clips from A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charlie is frustrated with the over- commercialization of the Christmas season. In the first clip, from the intro to the film, Charlie wonders why he is without the joy he is supposed to feel this time of year. In the second, he seeks help for his ailment. Watch the clips and consider: Why is Charlie not experiencing joy during the Christmas season? What does he say should be making him happy? What does the joy of those around him seem to be focused on? How have experienced this in your own life and experience of the Christmas season?
Watch the intro clip here: Watch the second clip here:
The hymn Joy to the World is sung in churches nearly every season of Advent. It has been covered by countless artists and even gets mainstream radio play during the holiday season. But, like many things heard time and time again, sometimes we don’t really know what we are singing. Read the lyrics and listen to this hymn with this ‘new joy’ that Christ brings in mind. Is that what is celebrated in this songs? A joy so extreme that even nature celebrates!
Read the lyrics here: carols.html
Listen to a performance by the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir here:
The stories we learn from the Bible are not only helpful to us at church, but they also can help us live our lives each day. Consider the following question to see how this week’s text might be challenging them to live differently as they go about their normal routines (school / sports / social events):
How do you experience joy during the holiday season? How is God calling you to adjust your focus and source of joy this holiday season? How can you celebrate this joy that extends far beyond this holiday season for ‘generations and generations’?
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