Easter ST - combined
Friend Dec, 1999, songs added
by Luana Willis
Opening/Closing Song: I
Believe in Christ Hymn # 134
At Christmastime our thoughts and hearts turn to a little
Baby born in Bethlehem. We sing songs about the birth of Jesus. We send
cards to each other expressing our joy that He came to earth. We set up
nativity scenes with shepherds and Wise Men and Mary and Joseph and Baby
Jesus to remind us that Jesus came to this world as a baby and to celebrate
this great event.
SING: Sleep Little Jesus p. 47
The birth of a baby is a wonderful thing, but we
celebrate the Savior's birth for a very special reason. It has to do with
Easter. Without the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which
we celebrate at Easter, no one would celebrate Christmas.
SING: He Sent His Son p. 34
Baby Jesus was the One all the prophets promised would
come into the world to be our Savior and Redeemer. He came to earth to show
us how to live. He came to earth to die for us so that we could live again
with our Father in Heaven. We are so grateful to Jesus Christ for what He
did for us that we honor His birth by celebrating Christmas. With great joy,
we also honor His resurrection by celebrating Easter.
SING: Did Jesus Really Live Again? p.
There is another day we are going to celebrate: the day
when Jesus Christ will return to earth. Hosts of angels will be with Him
then, too. The same Jesus who was born in Bethlehem, was crucified, and was
resurrected, will come to earth again.
SING: I Wonder When He Comes Again p.
When the Savior comes again, He will bring peace for the
nations. He will bring safety and joy for all the righteous. Those who love
Him will be prepared to meet Him at that day. We can prepare now by keeping
His commandments and by following His example. We can prepare by showing
love for others and by listening to the whisperings of the Spirit.
SING: I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus p. 78
- On A Golden Springtime p. 88,
- To Think About Jesus p. 71