Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.
by the light of the Holy Spirit
you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit
help us to relish what is right
and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
1 Kings 17: 2-9
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Matthew 6: 25-33
Discussion / Reflection
How does God take care of the birds?
Are you more important to God than the birds are?
Yes, we are made in the image of God
the book of Genesis in the Bible says God gave dominion over all the animals to people
What are some ways God cares for us?
What are some things you worry about?
Do you believe God cares for you and wants to take care of all your needs?
What can you ask God's help with right now?
Discuss these questions with your parents or sponsor OR write your thoughts in a Confirmation journal.
What is a Jesse Tree?
A Jesse Tree is like a family tree - Jesus' family tree. Since we belong to God's family too, the Jesse Tree is also our family tree. A Jesse Tree is a decorative tree used during Advent to retell the stories of the Bible that lead to Jesus’s birth.
The term Jesse Tree comes from this verse in the book of Isaiah:
"There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD."
Isaiah was another prophet in the Bible. God used Isaiah to give his people hope. In this verse, Isaiah predicts the coming of Jesus. He is telling the people that, one day, a great ruler will rise up from the descendants of the great King David. Jesse, was David’s father.
This was exciting news to the people of Isaiah’s time. Many of the kings who ruled after David were poor rulers. They lead their people away from worshiping God. Eventually David’s kingdom split in two and then faded away.
Isaiah’s prophecy of a stump shows how the family of David had been “cut down”. Jesus would be like a new growth and a new hope for the kingdom that was once strong and worshiped God as one.
God, Our Father, thank you for the Bible which speaks to us of your constant love for your children despite our unfaithfulness. Thank you for sending prophets to lead your people back to you and to show us how to live in relationship with you. Please help me to trust you to care for all my needs.
Holy Spirit, show me how to prepare my heart during this Advent season to welcome you more fully into my heart and my life. Inspire me with creative ideas to share your hope with others. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.