Eucharistic Readings for Christmas Eve
Isaiah 9:2 to 7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11 to 14: Luke 2:1 to 20:
The First Night Before Christmas
It was me and my buddies out watching our sheep,
The night was quiet, not one of them bleeped.
It was so quiet in fact, we were about to sleep,
When we noticed someone out by the sheep.
Then all at once it became very clear,
No ordinary person was with us here.
We were all afraid, but he said “Fear Not.”
And then there were more, and their numbers wouldn’t stop.
He said go to Bethlehem and see the Baby,
He is the Word of God, there is no maybe.
He said the baby’s in Bethlehem, lying in a manger,
He can save you all, from permanent danger.
Then they all left, praising God for this birth,
Just like they came, they were all gone from the earth.
Then I and my friends said, “let’s go if we’re able,”
To Bethlehem there, and straight to the stable.
And there we were on a cold winter’s night,
We saw Mary, Joseph and Baby, what a sight!
We told them everything, right from the start,
But Mary just smiled, kept our words in her heart.
So we left there then in the thick of the night,
Asking you to thank God with all of your might.
Luke 2: 8 – 20
The Reverend John Thomas Frazier
Please keep up your thoughts and prayers and hopes for Ukraine, Iran and China.
As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love and serve, and to teach others to love and serve, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John