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The Christmas Story

It's late on Christmas Eve. The children are nestled all snug in their beds, and we're winding down after a busy but joy filled day. So rather than a story about how we've fixed this or painted that, we're simply going to leave you with the best story of all time - the Christmas story - "illuminated" by our little nativity display. In our world that's often so dark and grey, this little story promises the light that overcomes the darkness. And that's what matters most. From our home to your, wishing you a very blessed Christmas and a 2024 that's full of light.

Luke 2:1-20

At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child.

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And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

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That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.

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 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

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13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,

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14 “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

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That sure was an Oh Holy Night. And we're oh so thankful for it. Merry Christmas!

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