There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”
At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:
Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.
As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.
Luke 2:8-18 (MSG)
Thank you for linking up, or stopping by here every week. H calls this Sunday Community “Cyber Church” or “Electronic Church” and I have to admit I believe he’s onto something. It’s a gift to see you here each Sunday, and to know we’re sharing common space as we worship together, here on the internet. Thank you for encouraging one another with your pictures, words, and comments. I’m grateful for your prayers for this space as we move into 2013.
I’ll be away next Sunday, but the Sunday Community will continue. I’m grateful to my friend, Laura Rath, because she’s going to host the link-up at her blog, Journey in Faith. You’ll love it over there! Please be sure to link up and share the love, as you always do. I’ll be sure to leave a note here on the door to remind you, along with a link to Laura’s place.
Today you can go ahead and link up here as usual, with a photo and a few, brief words of inspiration. Then, use the link at the top of this page to pick up the Sunday Community button to post on your own site. That way, others know where to find us.
Grace and peace to you and yours as we celebrate the birthday of our King.