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Friday, November 22, 2013

December 2013

Christ, the Lord is Born!

FHE Christmas Program

This is a basic scripted program that tells the Christmas story from Luke and Matthew in the New Testament, and includes the use of some of our beloved Christmas carols, as well as a new song, “Shepherd Boy,” by Marie Scott. (The program may be illustrated and made more memorable by assigning your children to dress up and act out the parts of the main characters, or by using pictures or cutouts .)

Christ, the Lord is Born!
by Marie Scott, December 2013

Though He is our Mighty King, the Savior of the world was born in wondrously humble circumstances as a sign of who He was. This is the story of His holy birth, according to the scriptures:

Scripture Reader:
Luke 2: 4-7
            And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
            To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
            And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
            And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Song/s: “ O Little Town of Bethlehem,”  and/or  “Once in Royal David’s City”

To celebrate the Savior’s birth is to celebrate His very existence. He was indeed born on this earth, in the meridian of time, and fulfilled His pivotal mission to save all people from their sins.

Who were the good people God surrounded with His glory and told about the Savior’s birth? They were the humble shepherds going about their nightly work on a hillside. Those shepherds, common to man, were not common to God, who loved and knew each by name. He honored them with a wonderful manifestation.

Scripture Reader:
Luke 2: 8-10
            And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
            And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
            And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
Song: “Shepherd Boy” (Optional).

Narrator:             (Skip this piece of narration if you don’t use the above song.)
The angel spoke to the shepherds saying:

Scripture Reader:
Luke 2: 10-14
            For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
            And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 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, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Song/s:  “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,”  and/or  “Angels We Have Heard on High,”  and/or  “Far, Far Away on Judea’s Plains”

The shepherds took action after learning of the wonderful news of the Savior’s birth. They saw the truth for themselves, then spread the joyous word.

Scripture Reader:
Luke 2: 15-17
            And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
            And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
            And when they had see it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

Scripture Reader:
Matthew 2: 1-2, 9-11
            Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
            Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
            When they had heard [Herod,] the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
            When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

Song:  “With Wondering Awe”

They were joyful because they knew who the Savior was, and that the new star in the sky would lead them to Him. The wise men also had gifts to give the Christ child that would help Mary and Joseph protect Him. To this very day, we carry on the tradition of giving gifts as the wise men did, and as the Savior continues to do.

Scripture Reader:
Matthew 2: 11
            And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

As we give simple gifts of kindness, let us remember to Whom our gifts are really given. For as Matthew said, “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matt. 25: 40)

What joy all creation had, and still has, at the beautiful and humble birth of our Lord on that holy night.

 Song:   “Silent Night”

Copyright 2013 by Marie L. Scott.     Making copies for non-commercial use is permitted.

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