"There is a river whose streams shall make glad
the city of God..." (Psalm 46:4).
Let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come.
And whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely (Revelation 22:17).
The Lord showed His disciple John a beautiful tree of life in the Holy City, New Jerusalem. This tree had leaves for the healing of nations and twelve different fruits. And it was on either side of a crystal river flowing from the throne of God. What is the meaning of these visions? The tree of life pictures the Lord’s Divine love, which gives us life and is the source of all happiness. The crystal river pictures the truths He gives to all who thirst for them. The setting is the Holy City, which symbolizes a New Church—a new Christianity—that the Lord is establishing in heaven and on earth.
We hope that these projects, family activities, and worship suggestions will help you and your family celebrate the birth of the New Church.
Highlights for this topic include
The True Water of Life, a sermon by the Rev. Grant Odhner
What is this water of life that is the promise and reality of the New Jerusalem? It is truth flowing from the Lord. These truths help us learn about the Lord and how to respond to Him as never before. The promise is that these truths can become living with us.
The Book of Revelation, a family talk by the Rev. Frederick Schnarr
Sunday School Lesson on the Tree of Life (PDF)
Teaching suggestions and a tree of life project idea for ages 6-9.
Teen Prayer on Spiritual Life (PDF)
Children's Prayer on the Tree of Life (PDF)
Water of Life Drawing by Leon Rhodes (PDF)
A beautiful drawing of the crystal river from the throne of God.
Reflect on Abundance - A Journal Page (for teens and up) (PDF)
The Lord wants to give you life more abundantly. What does this mean?
Make the Tree of Life with Play Dough (PDF)
Use playdough and beads or buttons to make this special tree.
First and the Last, audio file of a song by Karen Childs Elder (MP3)
Song lyrics and chords (PDF)
An Overview of Projects and Activities for Families (PDF)