Worship the Newborn Christ—All over the World

By Wendy Bacon of Brooktondale, New York, USA

For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6

Now that I’m working on the next Christmas program for our little congregation, I’m remembering to send a “thank you” for the presentation made available on Community of Christ’s website, “Nativity Pilgrimage.”

Coincidentally, a member of our congregation collects crèches from all over the world. She assembled several on a table at the front of the sanctuary. I downloaded the video presentation. For our Christmas program each child in the congregation read the text on one picture while walking toward the front, dressed in the costume of another culture. The children placed the baby Jesus figurines with the matching crèche.

A few girls dressed to represent the “rich” visitors. Some boys were delighted to explain to their parents that they were to dress as homeless people—to be the “poor.” The older kids enjoyed getting to say words like “inukshuk” and “asifiwe,” from the international part of the video script.

One boy had been taking percussion lessons. At the photo in the video with the line “listen to the drums” he burst into a percussion solo that had jaws dropping all over the sanctuary.

When our tiniest child toddled to the front with a soft, baby Jesus doll and said, “Go ahead…play with it! You won’t break it,” tears rolled down faces.

At the end we sang joyous Christmas carols. Thank you so much for providing such a beautiful resource (http://www.CofChrist.org/worship/a-zWorship.asp). It inspired us to do something wonderful. I don’t think we’ll ever top it.

Prayer for Peace:

Holy Friend to every stranger—help us send the message of the newborn Prince of Peace the world around.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Welcoming Unity in Diversity

Prayerfully read Doctrine and Covenants 163:8c, which calls “the entire church to become a sanctuary of Christ’s peace, where people from all nations, ethnicities, and life circumstances can be gathered into a spiritual home without dividing walls.” Create a large circle with your arms. See and feel the diverse people God invites inside the sanctuary of Christ’s peace. Who is easiest to welcome? Whom do you struggle to include? Ask God to forgive and heal barriers.

Peace Covenant:

Today, holy Friend, I will continue to prepare for the coming of your Son.

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  1. This is a beautiful story, which tells me children had the largest part of the service. That must have made them feel so wonderful. Usually they sit back while adults do the service, which is fine. But we should always remember the children for they know Jesus also and need to share .

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