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A Host of Angels

December 13, 2021 | Clara Buckley

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,

 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,

    and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

(NRSV, Luke 2:13-14)

Have you ever seen an angel in real life?       All: No.      Rebekah: In my dream!

Artists use the words in the bible and their imagination to create representations of angels. The Trees Class, inspired by the work of other artists, painted their own angels in the studio.

We observed the clothing style and color usually painted, the skin color, the wings that sometimes look like bird’s wings. We learned the word “halo” to describe the golden glow around their heads. Some angels carry musical instruments!

This week many of the Trees Class will act as angels in helping tell the story of the Nativity. We hope you’ll watch when the video is released on Friday and join us in singing with the angels, “Gloria in Excelsis Deo”, glory to God on high!

Every day at the close of Advent worship, the children make an ornament to add to our Jesse Tree. These ornaments are physical reminders of the promises of God, given to His prophets, preparing the way for Jesus.

A righteous branch reminds us of Jeremiah’s promise. God will send a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.

A small, red house helps us remember Micah’s promise. From the small town of Bethlehem would come one to rule over Israel.

A lily for God’s promise to Mary. She will conceive and give birth to a son who will be called Son of God.

We will continue waiting expectantly for God’s promises to be fulfilled in a baby’s birth.

Merry Christmas!

Clara Buckley

Preschool Art Specialist; Middle School Art

Clara Buckley’s teaching spans the ages of Mustard Seed School, from the youngest students in the preschool to students in the graduating class. She’s found many similarities between teaching three-year-olds and thirteen-year-olds!

As an art teacher who never enjoyed drawing, Ms Buckley’s hope is that each child she teaches discovers a way to create art that they enjoy, whether it be sculpture, printing, textiles, architectural drawing, or collage.

Ms. Buckley loves living in Jersey City, a place whose diversity and welcome for immigrants reflects her own family experience. When planning future travel destinations, art, food, and time with family are featured items on her list.

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