SCRIPTURE TO READ
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
CHILDREN’S BIBLE READINGS (OPTIONAL)
- My First Hands On Bible, (pages 222-225)
- Jesus Storybook Bible, “The Light of the Whole World” (pages 184-191)
- Gospel Story Bible, (pages 160-161)
- Big Picture Story Bible, (pages 259-269)
Today we light the candle of PEACE, mindful of the peace that Jesus not only established between us and God, but the peace he will one day bring to all creation in his Second Coming.
In the advent of Christ we find PEACE.
Light the candle of Peace
Jesus, thank you for coming to the world to bring peace. Please help me to be peaceful with my family and friends.
Father, thank you for your peace. We are so grateful that you have made peace with us in Christ. We pray your peace would extend through us to our community – that you would make peace where there are broken relationships. Bring peace to our friends and neighbors who have yet to come to know you. We pray that the world will receive you as the great King and give you honor and glory.