You are invited to join us today to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Wormley Free Church from 10.30am at our All-Age Christmas Service
Reading: Luke 2:1-7
In 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 Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So 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. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and 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.
Thought for Reflection: Children are born all around the world all the time, and yet each birth is a special one as a unique life is brought into being by God. This birth shares much in common to so many others; there was pain, the urgency of finding somewhere suitable for the delivery, the joy of a safe birth. It was a special birth, however, the reminders of royal descent are here: it is in David’s town, Bethlehem, and Joseph is of David’s line. More than that, of course, it is the birth not just of Mary’s firstborn, but God’s firstborn! Joseph wasn’t the only Father watching over the event…
Prayer: Stop whatever it is you are doing and pause for a moment!Take time to thank God for the giving of his Son to be our King. Make room in your life for him.