25 Days of Christmas – December 10

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SCRIPTURE

Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.

And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.

And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.”

And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

SONG

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With th’ angelic host proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem.” 
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ, by highest heav’n adored:
Christ, the everlasting Lord;
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of the favored one.
Veil’d in flesh, the Godhead see;
Hail, th’incarnate Deity:
Pleased, as man, with men to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel!
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail! the heav’n born Prince of peace!
Hail! the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die:
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”

ACTIVITY

I can’t imagine how amazing and overwhelming it would have been to be visited by an angel and then to be told I would carry the Messiah. I would have probably been terrified! Mary handled it very calmly. Angels are messengers to humans from God – at least that is one of their jobs. They are not the main way God speaks to us, but for the people at the time of Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection, angels played important parts in letting people know that something supernatural and God-driven was going on. These ornaments aren’t terrifying, and make a fun and easy, but meaningful addition to your Christmas tree.

Angel paper clip ornaments

Attach a ribbon cut long enough to use as a hanger on your Christmas tree.

Fold the ribbon in half and attach to the paper clip between it’s “wings” with a cow hitch knot.

Slip both ends of the ribbon through the bead, pushing the bead all the way to the paper clip.

Knot off the bead, if necessary. Tie the ends of the ribbon together to form a loop. Hang on the tree. Repeat as many times as you want.

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