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All Are Welcome at the Manger

Grudge the rat is worried. Would a rat be welcome at the manger? Rats are often chased away and he wonders if among the cows and sheep in the nativity scene, perhaps there might have been room for a small rat. Baabara the sheep assures him that all are welcome at the manger. Jesus came to earth to make sure that everyone knew that they were loved and included in God’s family.

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Light in the Dark

Christmas Eve From “Scolding the Snakes” Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud Scripture Reference: Isa. 9:2-7 and Luke 2:6-14

Preparation: Bring a strong flashlight and, if possible, arrange ahead of time to have an adult volunteer darken the church at one point during the sermon. (Agree on a signal to cue the volunteer.)

We have come to the end of Advent. The time of waiting is over. We stand at the beginning of Christmas. Tonight is a wonderful night: it is Christmas Eve. As the sun comes

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The Power of Light

For the Christmas Eve Service From “Sitting on the Rainbow”

Scripture Reference: Isa. 9:2 “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them has light shined”

Preparation: Bring a flashlight or a candle. Arrange with the ushers to turn off the lights at the appropriate time.

It’s Christmas Eve! It’s a wonderful and magical time. On Christmas Eve, we make our final preparations for the arrival of the Christ Child. Jesus, the Light

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