Title: Prophecy of the Town
Liturgical Time: Advent
Source: Micah 5:1; RPC: 106-113;
LGC: Ch 14; CCC: 461-463, 479, 483
(Incarnation), 2305 (Peace), 102, 134 (Jesus in prophecy), 450, 455, 468
(Christ the King); Sing With Joy Music, SPSA Course Notes, MLB
The Prophet gives a three-fold message (1.)
God has a wonderful gift for us, (2.) God loves us and wants
to be with us, (3.) God is coming here
In the history of salvation, God prepares
God’s people to recognize and receive God’s gift of self in Jesus.
The Prophet is one who listens deeply to God
and is empowered to speak God’s message to others
God reveals God’s secrets to people
through the prophets.
Jesus is the culmination of God’s plan
Jesus is the one who is to be the ruler in
Jesus was / will be born in Bethlehem.
Great things come from small places.
Ÿ To lift up Bethlehem as the place where the Messiah
would be born.
Ÿ To wonder about how God brought such a powerful king out of such a small place.
To prepare for the celebration of Christmas
To introduce and explain Advent and the symbols
To offer a sense of salvation history - that
God prepares the people, reveals God’s self to people and is present through history to people
To explore God’s incarnation as a baby
who was also so much more
To foster trust in God’s promise and
To assist with control of movement
To foster prayer
To assist the child enter into the mystery
of his/her relationship with God
To encourage greater participation in liturgy
through introducing the traditional scriptures used during Advent
To nurture a sense of wonder and awe around
the mystery of the Incarnation
To lay a foundation of respect for our Judaic
To prepare for later work with the prophecies
and infancy narratives
To foster a sense of humility
Ÿ Prayer table prepared for Advent (prayer table, purple prayer cloth, purple drape or accessory clothes, Advent wreath,
Ÿ Prayer card, 11x14, matted in purple to match Advent purples in Atrium with the words handwritten on parchment style
too small to be among
the clans of Judah,
for you shall
come forth for me
who is to be
RULER in Israel
Ÿ Prayer card stand
At the Prayer Table, open mat on the floor. Gather
children in a semi-circle around the mat.
“Does anyone remember the name for our circle of candles on our Prayer Table?“ Advent Wreath. “Last week when
we were here we lit our first two candles on our Advent Wreath. Now we are in
the third week of Advent and we will light three candles on our Advent Wreath.”
“Every day during Advent we light a candle to help us wait and prepare. What are we waiting for, do you remember”…..”Yes we are waiting to celebrate Christmas
“We’ve been talking about the prophets.
The prophets are people who listened to God very carefully and were able to give us messages from God. A lot of the messages were about the one who would come. We
know one of the names for the one to come is the light. We know there are many
other names also. We are going to listen to another prophet today to hear about
where this light would come.”
Lighting the Candles
Light three Advent candles. Place prophecy in
stand. Read once or twice through.
small to be among
clans of Judah,
forth for me
is to be
“Micah the prophet is saying that Bethlehem
is too small. But from that tiny, tiny place will be born the one who will be
the ruler of Israel.”
“We know who that one is, don’t we? We
might think that Jesus came from a very important place. But Micah tells us that
it was very small, very unimportant place.”
Read Prophecy again.
Welcoming A Response
Listen and respond to children’s answers to the open ended questions. Try not to explain or answer but to respond with further questions to help their reflection go deeper.
Continuing to Pray
“Is there anything else you would like to sing or pray about this child?”
Invite the children to sing “Holy Ground.”
Continue on with Prayer Table Celebration.
Ÿ Copying prophecy (have parchment paper with printed lines)
Ÿ Original artwork
Ÿ Reading the prophecy
Ÿ carrying the prophecy in procession
Sitting at Prayer Table