What a beautiful story. Simeon and Anna had both been waiting for the same thing for years. They knew that God would keep his promise of sending a messiah. They both waited patiently at the temple, serving God, hoping that they would be blessed to see the Messiah coming in their lifetime. God honored them by allowing them to see Jesus at just a few weeks old. Imagine the joy they felt as they realized who this baby was. Simeon's words are very touching:
"Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel."
I think we're beginning to settle into a nice routine for our class. There is a total of 6 regular students. Wednesday evenings they spend time before and at the beginning of class at the stations. The last 25 minutes or so, we spend on the lesson. Doing the lesson last allows us to all be through at the same time so we can leave as soon as the 2nd bell rings. They start the worship in the auditorium as soon as everyone is seated so we have to get out there quickly. If they are doing their stations last, then it takes a long time to finish and gather up their things. Sunday AM, we do the opposite. We do the lesson first and stations last. We have at least 10 minutes maybe 15 before worship in the auditorium begins so we can take our time to leave the classroom.
Stations: As students come to class have them begin working in the stations.
Bible Reading: Remind students to put a sticker on the back of their project folder if they completed the Bible reading. They should soon be in the habit of doing this when they first come in.
Memory Work: Call the students together. Review NT books (Matthew, Mark, Luke). Review Beatitudes. See if they can say the first four by memory.
Review: Discuss the law that God gave Moses at Mt Sinai. Briefly review the 10 commandments and then the laws that relate to babies (Leviticus 12)
Lesson: Read Luke 2:21-40 and discuss the events that took place shortly after Jesus' birth.
More memory work: If time is available, begin to introduce Salt/Light passage and discuss the activities at the stations. Be sure to tell them what they are expected to do in their project folders while at that station.