Christmas Eve Candlelight Service highlights in Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church at Seeley Lake MT.
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Outside Voice #1: Listen! I stand at the door, knocking;
If you hear my voice and open the door,
I will come in and eat with you, and you with me.
Outside Voices: Our names are Mary and Joseph. We are weary from our travels.
Will you give us lodging?
Inside Voices: We don’t care what your name is. We will not let you enter. You are strangers. Go away! Let us sleep!
Outside Voice #2:
He was in the world,
And the world came into being through him;
Yet the world did not know him.
He came to his own people, but they did not accept him. But to all who received him and believed in his name
He gave power to become children of God.
Inside Voices: Who are the children of God?
Outside Voices: All who are led by the Spirit are children of God.
Inside Voices: What does the Spirit guide us to do?
Outside Voice #1: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, And with all your soul, and with all your mind.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Outside Voice #2: The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, Generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Inside Voices: How do we know that we love the Lord and have faith?
Outside Voice #1: If someone is naked and lacks daily food,
and you do not supply their needs, what good is that?
Outside Voice #2: Faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
Inside Voices: Enter, Mary and Joseph! Enter, holy pilgrims! We will gladly give you lodging!
There is room in our home and room in our hearts!
“Waiting With A Promise” [from Montana Lattin’s Faith and Drama, WestBow Press (2014)]
Gabriel: Janet Whitesell Angel: Jack Phipps Mary: Jeanne Koester Elizabeth: Betsey Ellis Zechariah: Steve Ellis
The Nativity—A Dramatic Reading Luke 2:1-20
Three voices: Pastor Carrie, Cheri Thompson, Sera Benton
Voice #1: In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered.
Voice #2: Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.
Voice #3: While they were there, the time came for Mary to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
Voice #1: In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock
Voice #2: Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
Voice #3: But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.”
Voice #1: And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
All Voices: “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”
Voice #2: When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another,
All Voices: “Let us go now to Bethlehem
and see this thing that has taken place,
which the Lord has made known to us.”
Voice #3: So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all
who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.
Voice #2: But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.
Voice #1: The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Christmas Family “The Gift of Peace” by Rev. A. H. Benton