Do It Yourself
- Queue Up Christmas Story Readings
- Link to Companion Worship Carols
- Reference Worship Carol Lyrics
- Alternate Readings with Carols
- Finish w/ Poem: “One Solitary Life”
- Listen/sing-along with Post-Message Carols
The Christmas Story – as read from Luke 1:26 – 2:21 and Matthew 2: 1 – 12
1st Reading: The Birth of Jesus Foretold
Luke 1:26 – 33
26In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
Listen to/Sing the Worship Carol: O Come, All Ye Faithful (Pentatonix)
Second Reading: The Birth of Jesus
Luke 2: 1 – 7
1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while a Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to their own town to register.
4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
Listen to/Sing the Worship Carol: Away In A Manger (Pentatonix)
The Birth of Jesus, cont.’
Third Reading: Luke 2: 8 – 12
8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Listen to/Sing the Worship Carol: O Little Town of Bethlehem (Gaither Vocal Band)
The Birth of Jesus, cont.’
Fourth Reading: Luke 2: 13 – 20
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Listen to/Sing the Worship Carol: What Child Is This / Child of the Poor | The Hound + The Fox
The Magi Visit the Messiah
Fifth Reading: Matthew 2: 1 – 8
1After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
3When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
6“ ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
7Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
Listen to/Sing the Worship Carol: We Three Kings (feat. Tim Foust) | The Hound + The Fox
The Magi Visit the Messiah, cont.’
Sixth Reading: Matthew 2: 9 – 12
9After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
Listen to/Sing the Worship Carol: Angels From the Realms of Glory / Gloria – The Piano Guys
Singles’ Christmas Gathering –Worship Carols List
- Come, All Ye Faithful – Pentatonix
- Away in a Manger – Pentatonix
- O, Little Town of Bethlehem – Gaither Vocal Band
- What Child Is This / Child of the Poor | The Hound + The Fox
- We Three Kings (feat. Tim Foust) | The Hound + The Fox
- Angels from the Realms of Glory/Gloria – The Piano Guys
Additional (Post-Message) CAROLS
- Come O Come Emmanuel – North Coast Worship
- Hark, the Herald Angels Sing/King of Heaven – Paul Baloche
- The First Noel – Phil Wickham
- Silent Night
One Solitary Life
He was born in an obscure village,
The child of a peasant woman.
He grew up in still another village,
where he worked in a carpenter shop
until he was thirty.
Then for three years
He was an itinerant preacher.
He never wrote a book.
He never held an office.
He never had a family or owned a house.
He didn’t go to college.
He never visited a big city.
He never traveled two hundred miles
from the place where he was born.
He did none of the things
one usually associates with greatness.
He had no credentials but himself.
He was only thirty-three
when the tide of public opinion turned against him.
His friends ran away.
He was turned over to his enemies.
And went through the mockery of a trial.
He was nailed to a cross
between two thieves.
While he was dying,
His executioners gambled for his clothing,
the only property he had on Earth.
When he was dead,
He was laid in a borrowed grave
Through the pity of a friend.
Twenty centuries have come and gone,
and today he is the central figure
Of the human race,
And the leader of mankind’s progress.
All the armies that ever marched,
all the navies that ever sailed,
all the parliament that ever sat,
all the kings that ever reigned,
put together have not affected
the life of man on Earth
as much as that
One Solitary Life.
(By Dr James Allen Francis)