DECEMBER 2018: CHRIST IS THE GIFT THAT MATTERS

MONTH: DECEMBER 2018
THEME: CHRIST IS THE GIFT THAT MATTERS

FOCUS: MISSION
EVENT: CHRISTMAS

INTRODUCTION:
Christmas is the season we celebrate God’s greatest gift to humanity – Jesus Christ – a gift that cannot be bought or put under a tree. Christmas is a time to share our faith in Christ. We can share the gift of Christ in simple ways, such as giving a gift that will point someone to the true meaning of Christmas or share your favourite memory of Christmas or a testimony of who Christ is to you. Let others know that Christ matters to you!

OPENING PRAYER:
Invite a member of the BEC to say the opening prayer.

OPENING HYMN: Christ Our Lord and our King*
Chorus: Christ our Lord and our King O what a gift, what a wonderful gift; Who can tell the wonders of the Lord? Let us open our eyes, our ears, and our hearts; It is Christ the Lord, it is He!
In the stillness of the night, when the world was asleep, The Lord made His message known. It was then that His word came down from on high, From the Father’s royal throne; Christ our Lord and our King!
On the night before He died, it was Passover night
And He gathered his friends together
He broke the bread, he blessed the wine
‘Twas the gift of his love and his life.

DIALOGUE
A young couple from Flores arrived in Malaysia seeking a better future. After having overstayed their social visa and failing to land a decent job, they ended up working at a vegetable farm in the interior parts of Selangor. A child was born unto them during their stay there. The child grew up without knowledge of the outside world and did not go to school. This family’s case was identified by members of a BEC nearby and they visited the family. The members noticed that there were four other families living there without basic amenities, such as, electricity, water and access to public transportation. They had to draw water from a nearby river and the nearest bus stop was 11 kilometres away. The children did not have proper clothes and were unkempt. Seeing the situation of the families, the BEC decided to bring the joy of Christmas to them.
A few days before Christmas, the BEC members visited the families, bringing gifts, food and new clothes. These brought great joy to the families, especially the children. They were touched, knowing that others cared for them and they valued the efforts of the BEC. A bond was formed that day between the migrant families and members of the BEC. The relationship built over the following months was a truly spiritual and meaningful experience for everyone. Unfortunately, the bond ended when the farm closed down and the families had to leave to seek better lives. Inspired by their experience, however, the BEC members vouched to continue reaching out to the marginalised around their area to show Christian hospitality.

What ‘struck’ you in the above story?
Looking back, what similar or other experiences have you encountered as a BEC this year?

DISCERNMENT
Biblical Text: Isaiah 9: 2-6
1. Read the text two or three times
2. Be in silence with the text – read silently by your own
3. What words or phrase caught your attention? Write it down
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4. (Choose only one from #3): What is the Holy Spirit saying to you? Write it down
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5. Share in small groups (3-4 persons) on #3 and #4

DEEDS
In the month of December and the Christmas Season:
Survey who are the marginalised in your neighbourhood – poor, sick, lonely, elderly, differently able child, single parents, migrants, and others.
As a BEC, decide how you can show Christian hospitality to them?

CLOSING PRAYER
Invite members of the BEC to pray spontaneously

CLOSING HYMN:
Take my Hands*
Take my hands and make them as your own, and use them for your kingdom here on earth. Consecrate them to your care, anoint them for your service where you may need your gospel to be sown. Take my hands, they speak now for my heart, and by their actions they will show their love. Guard them on their daily course, be their strength and guiding force to ever serve the Trinity above.
Take my hands, I give them to you, Lord. Prepare them for the service of your name. Open them to human need and by their love they’ll sow your seed so all may know the love and hope you gave. Take my hands, take my hands, O Lord.
*Or select another appropriate hymn.

“Diocesan Option of 4E Catholics with
Church, as a Communion of Families” and BECS Biblical Text – Luke 4:17-21 & John 13:1-16 BECs function in dynamic ways by: Building Relationships – We are ENCOUNTERED by Christ in our BEC family neighbourhood gatherings Entering into Dialogue – We are ENLIGHTENED by the Word of God Commissioning by Christ – We are EMPOWERED by what the Holy Spirit is saying to us Serving in Solidarity – We partake in EVANGELISNG as Disciples of Christ in hope and joy

 

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