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Luke 2:1-20

Jesus Is Born

December 25, 2019


Lectionary Year A

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ASK    (a.k.a The On-Ramp)

  • Good morning!
  • Have you ever asked someone, “What are you talking about” and then they say, “Nothing.”
  • Or, have you ever asked someone what a word meant that they had used, and they said, “I’ll tell you later.”
  • Or, when you ask for some help and the person says, “Just a minute, I have to finish this other thing first.”
  • Ever had any of those things happen?
  • When those things happen, it can feel like you are being left out, that you don’t get to be part of what is going on.
  • Even if that’s not actually what’s happening, that’s what it can feel like, right?

TELL    (a.k.a. The Freeway)

  • I bring this up because there was a group of people that we heard about in today’s scripture story who were often not invited to events or were the last to hear about things.
  • The shepherds, because of their job, would be outside the town for weeks at a time, protecting and caring for the sheep.
  • And, because they were out in the fields so much, they couldn’t attend parties or hear about exciting things that were happening in town until much later.
  • In other words, shepherds were often left out.
  • But in today’s scripture story, when a really big and important thing happens (the birth of Jesus), did you hear who were the FIRST people to hear the news?
  • That’s right, the shepherds were the first to know!
  • How cool is that? The people who were always the last to know, the people who were always left out – they were the first to know about Jesus’ birth!

SHARE the Good News   (a.k.a. The Destination)

  • One of the reasons the shepherds were told first was because the good news of Jesus’ birth AND the good news that Jesus taught (once he grew up) about God was for everyone to hear and receive.
  • Including – and maybe even especially – those who were often left out, like the shepherds.
  • By telling the shepherds, first, then, a very clear message was being shared: Who Jesus was going to be and what he was going to share was meant for EVERYONE: For you, for me, for all of us.
  • That is the good news for today! And, merry Christmas to you!


  • Let’s pray.  This is a repeat-after-me prayer.

Dear God…

Dear God…

…thank you for the good news…

…thank you for the good news…

…of Jesus’ birth…

…of Jesus’ birth…

…that we are all invited…

…that we are all invited…

…to celebrate and receive.  

…to celebrate and receive.  

Thank you and Amen.  

Originally posted on December 17, 2016

Updated on December 15, 2019

Written by Nathanael Vissia

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