Read Luke 2:1-14

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.  This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.  All went to their own towns to be registered.

Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David.  He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.

While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.  And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see–I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:  to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.”

 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!”

  From Rev. Thaddaeus B. Allen, Regional Minister

            The image of a multitude of voices simultaneously praising God is a particularly beautiful one.  There is something quite holy about losing ourselves into the company of our brothers and sisters in the praise of our God.  I wish there were more of these moments in life!

            Tonight Christians around the world will be worshipping with one voice.  Our sanctuaries will be a little bit fuller, and our voices will join easily with others as we sing wonderful hymns, and confess anew that Christ is Lord.

            Christmas Eve seems to be one of those moments in life when all is well.  I look forward to joining my voice with yours as we worship on this Holy Night.


Fill us with your praises, O God, that we may join our hearts and voices with the great company of heavenly hosts and your people of good will on earth, singing “Alleluia” for your Ultimate Gift!  May we be filled anew with the wonder of this night, and be born anew in the likeness of the Christ of Bethlehem.  Amen.


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