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Christmas Day Service, December 25, 2021
Ben Colahan
Ben Colahan
Saturday, December 25, 2021
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Isaiah 62:6-12

6Upon your walls, O Jerusalem,
  I have posted sentinels;
 all day and all night
  they shall never be silent.
 You who remind the Lord,
  take no rest,
7and give him no rest
  until he establishes Jerusalem
  and makes it renowned throughout the earth.
8The Lord has sworn by his right hand
  and by his mighty arm:
 I will not again give your grain
  to be food for your enemies,
 and foreigners shall not drink the wine
  for which you have labored;
9but those who garner it shall eat it
  and praise the Lord,
 and those who gather it shall drink it
  in my holy courts.

10Go through, go through the gates,
  prepare the way for the people;
 build up, build up the highway,
  clear it of stones,
  lift up an ensign over the peoples.
11The Lord has proclaimed
  to the end of the earth:
 Say to daughter Zion,
  “See, your salvation comes;
 his reward is with him,
  and his recompense before him.”
12They shall be called, “The Holy People,
  The Redeemed of the Lord“;
 and you shall be called, “Sought Out,
  A City Not Forsaken.”

Luke 2:1-7, 8-20

1In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own towns to be registered. 4Joseph 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. 5He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 7And 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.
 8In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
14“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
  and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”
 15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.