So Joseph (played by the one and only, Chelsi) also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.
He went there to register with Mary (our stunning Lyndsi), who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son (ok, so our baby was sweet Abbi girl- but she played a great baby Jesus). She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
(Stage Left:enter shepherds)
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. (Shepherds were played by Kyle, Shannon and Jason.)
And you have to have a sheep dog. Right, Lucy?)
and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, (all the remaining Thiessen clan- hard to photograph) “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. (So the babe was not lying in a manger- we had a hard time letting her be put down anywhere. We all had to have our turn holding her.)
When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
(new animals: camel by the great camel player Tom; and Jack, the long eared donkey- sorry Jack! You scored great girlfriend points with that one!)
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east (Matt, Phil and Cait) came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.