The notion of the Jesse Tree comes from the prophecies of the great Old Testament Prophet, Isaiah. In his prophecies Isaiah proclaims that a new shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse (Jesse was the father of King David), that God will provide a new heir for the throne of David and that his kingdom would last forever. The prophecies of Isaiah are seen to clearly be pointing us towards Jesus – from the family of Jesse and David, Jesus would come.
The Jesse Tree, which begins as a barren, seemingly lifeless tree, will throughout Advent begin to come to life as it is filled with decorations and symbols depicting the stories of our faith that point to the coming of Jesus. As the tree grows into life its intent is to assist us in our preparations for Christmas.
The children of our Sunday morning Children’s Liturgy Program will lead us in this journey to Christmas. It is they who will prepare the items for the tree and present them each Sunday of Advent during the 9:00 am Eucharist.
You can use the Jesse Tree as an inspiration for your daily prayer throughout Advent by praying with the scripture stories that pertain to the decorations and symbols the children have prepared and placed on the tree.
Week One of Advent: Creation to Joseph
The Jesse Tree Isaiah 11:1
Apple of Eden Genesis 3:1-15
Noah’s Ark Genesis 6:5-8; 8:20-9:17
Covenant Genesis 12:1-5
Isaac Sacrifice Genesis 22:1-18
Jacob’s Ladder Genesis 28:10-22
Joseph’s Coat Genesis 37:39-47
Week Two of Advent: Moses to Samuel
Moses & the bush Exodus 3:2
Passover & Exodus Exodus 12
Ten Commandments Exodus 20:1-21
Joshua Exodus 2:6
Gideon Judges 6 – 8
Ruth Ruth 1 – 4
Samuel 1 Samuel 3: 1-12
Week Three of Advent: David to Nehemiah
King David 1 Samuel 16 – 17
Elijah 1 Kings 17
Hezekiah 2 Kings 18 – 19
Isaiah Isaiah 6
Jeremiah Jeremiah 7:26
Habakkuk 2 Kings 24 – 25
Nehemiah Nehemiah 8 – 9
Week Four of Advent: John the Baptist to Christ
John the Baptist Luke 3:1-6
Mary Luke 1:26-38
Elizabeth Luke 1:39-45
Zechariah Luke 1:57-66
Joseph Matthew 1:18-25
Jesus Luke 2:1-20
The Christ Matthew 1:1-25
The children in our Sunday morning Children’s Liturgy Program have now prayerfully lead us through the season of Advent to the Eve of Christmas. Yet their job is not yet complete. They will now introduce us to Christmas. At the 5:00 pm Christmas Eve Eucharist the children will set up our nativity scene for us by placing the figures where they believe they belong.