A Multi-Part Reading: Shepherds, Angels and Magi
Reader #1: And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them,
Reader #2: Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.
All: Dear Lord, help us to see and experience the wonder and the awe of that first Christmas as the Shepherds did some 2000 years ago.
Reader #1: Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
Reader #2: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.
All: Dear Lord, help us to praise you as the Angels did some 2000 years ago.
Reader #1: After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked,
Reader #2: Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.
All: Dear Lord, help us to worship you as the Magi did some 2000 years ago.
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of International Bible Society