We’ll be using a Jesse Tree to help us to explore Advent this year.
What is a Jesse Tree?
A Jesse Tree is a way of preparing for Advent by journeying through the stories on Jesus’s family tree. Each day of Advent, we’ll read a Bible story about someone on Jesus’s family tree and hang an ornament symbolizing the story on your Jesse Tree. As you decorate your tree, you’ll see how God prepared for Jesus to be born through many generations.
Where does the Jesse Tree come from?
The Jesse Tree tradition is rooted in Isaiah 11:1: “A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.” Jesse was the father of David, Israel’s greatest king. And Jesus is descended from the line of David. He is the branch God promised would grow from Jesse’s family tree. Each symbol represents a story from within this family tree and a step toward the birth of Jesus.
How do I join in ?
We’ll be posting a Jesse Tree video every morning of Advent on our Facebook page, either as part of Morning Worship (10am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) or as a small stand-alone video (9am on Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays).
To join in, you’ll need your own small tree upon which to hang your decorations.