Spiritual Practices Advent 2017
Establishing Family Altar
During this Advent, our church encourages you and your
family to practice family altar as part of having peace with our family through
Is family altar biblical practice?
Since Cain and Abel, Israelites express their
relationship with God through sacrifices. The earliest record of family altar
is when Noah led his family to sacrifice to God after coming out of the ark.
Also their journey, Abraham would build altars and lead his family to worship
God in renewal of their covenant with God. Through this practice, the faith is
passed to the next generation. For generations, those who are blessed, respond
to God’s call in passing on the faith. In the same way, we can follow in their
How to establish family altar?
1) Start from yourself: actively cultivate personal
2) Set time with your family through small steps: use
church family altar material for content
3) If it’s not possible with your family in blood,
consider your family in Christ
Cross for Family Altar
We encourage you to prepare a Cross with your family at a common time (alternatively, it can
be prepared individually) using the activity card. During family altar, the
cross can be placed at your gathering location symbolizing the place and time
set aside to worship God.
Instructions for preparing Cross
1) Following the dotted lines, cut out the 2 parts of
the cross on the activity insert
2) Design and/or colour these 2 parts of the cross as
3) Join the 2 parts of the cross together by
intersecting their centre lines
The new spiritual journal distributed is for you to
record daily reflections and prayers as well as your experience of God's grace
and work in your life. This journal is specially prepared for all members of
the TACMC family, and is meant to be used for two years (until 2019).
As we progress together on this spiritual journey,
stickers will be distributed according to the church liturgical seasons. You
can add these stickers into your journal to mark spiritual milestones in your
walk with the Lord Jesus.
Through these spiritual practices at home, may God
help us to grow in peace with ourselves particularly with our family and in
love for each other and for God.
If you have not received above items, please obtain
them from ushers.