Mount of Olives panorama

Mount of Olives panorama
A panoramic view of the Mount of Olives

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Student Final Program

After our final field trip, each group had a final class program.  Since we had spent several days reliving the Passion and Resurrection accounts, and because the students are anxious for Christmas, I decided to hold an Advent Service for them.

 [Even if you want to scroll quickly through the program part of this post, get to the bottom to see the great group pic of "my kids."]

The program was a bit long, because we tried to cover in an hour and a half what a family often does in five evenings at home, but I enjoyed hearing the students share their feelings about the past, and future, comings of Christ.

Celebrating the Advent of Jesus and Looking Forward to His Return

Welcome and Explanation: Brother Huntsman
Opening Prayer: Katherine Redd
A Brief Introduction and Some Memories of Advent: Lindsay Nelson
“Shine for Me Again: Star of Bethlehem” Brielle Kern

The Symbolism of the First Candle: Kara Stratton
    Readings (Isaiah 61:1–2; Jacob 4:4–5; Romans 5:1–5; Moroni 7:41; 1 Thessalonians 4:16–17): Katie Albrecht
A Reflection on Hope: Nick Bramwell
 “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
    The Annunciation to Zacharias and the Promise of John the Baptist (Luke 1:5–17): Jessica French and Charlotte Searle

    The Symbolism of the Second Candle: Amy Vanden Brink
    Readings (Isaiah 49:13–16; 1 Nephi 11:14–22; John 3:16–17; Moroni 7:47–48): Lindsay Hall
A Reflection on Love: Kimberly Michels
“O Come, All Ye Faithful” (hymn 202)
    The Annunciation to Mary (Luke 1:26–38): AnnaLeah Larson
A reflection on Mary's role: Maddy McHale
“Breath of Heaven” Liz Hilton

    The Symbolism of the Third Candle: Alyse Wheeler
    Readings (Isaiah 9:6–7; Isaiah 12:2–5; Mosiah 3:3–4; John 16:20–22): Devin Neff
A Reflection on Joy: Taylor Berhow
“Joy to the World” (hymn 201)
    The Visitation and the Magnificat (Luke 1:39–56): Marianne Owen and Danielle Quist

    The Symbolism of the Fourth Candle: Desiree Winters
    Readings (Isaiah 11:1–10; Mosiah 15:18–20; John 14:27; Philippians 4:7): Sam Nielsen
A Reflection on Peace: Katie Robison
“It Came upon the Midnight Clear” (hymn 207)
    The Annunciation to Joseph (Matthew 1:18–23): Jeff Nuckols
    A Reflection on the Role of Joseph: Caleb Cunningham
“Guard Him Joseph” Kaitlyn Hull and Katleb Valdez

Christmas Eve
    The Birth of Jesus (Luke 2:1–7): Rachel Holmes
    A Reflection on Mary and Mothers: Brielle Kern
The Annunciation to the Shepherds (Luke 2:8–14): Suzannah Butler
    A Reflection on the Good Tidings of Great Joy that is Christmas: Carter Cunningham
“Silent Night” (hymn 204)

Christmas and Easter: Brother Huntsman

“Jesus Once of Humble Birth” (hymn 196)
Closing Prayer: Robin Dailey

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