5 – Christmas – Holy Family and Shepherds

And she gave birth to her firstborn Son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. “Gently wrapped in swaddling clothes, then a purple robe, nails that pierced these hands so dear, crown of thorns, the bitter tear, cries of pain, … [Read more…]

4 – Joseph and the Angel

Who is that with the angel in the manger scene today? He’s the often overlooked earthly father of Jesus, Joseph of Nazareth. Joseph was betrothed to Mary, when he was told she was expecting a child. The story Mary told him about being visited by an angel was too difficult to believe. He assumed she … [Read more…]

3 – Mary and the Angel

Why do we have only an angel and Mary in our manger scene today? God promised that through Abraham’s family the Messiah/Savior would be born. As girls were born in Israel, the question about their future included whether this could be the mother of the promised Messiah. As time went along this promise was confirmed, … [Read more…]

2 – Behold the Lamb

Look! There’s just a lamb in our manger scene. What does a cute lamb have to do with our worship? The 2nd Sunday in Advent we celebrate the message of John the Baptist. He came to prepare the way for Jesus. He called people to repent and prepare for the coming of the Lord. He … [Read more…]

1 – The Empty Manger

So why is our sanctuary decorated with an empty manger? Isn’t this the season to be jolly? Why is our Christian congregation, of all places, not joining in the festivities?