A Christmas Conference Program for your Family

Anyone who has been on a mission knows that one of the highlights of the mission experience is the Christmas zone conference.  Each missionary looks forward to this gathering with great expectations.  The conference offers some time to reflect upon the birth, life and mission of Jesus free of the usual commercial distractions.   Each such zone or mission conference that I have participated in has been a glorious and wonderful experience.

Some of the great elements of the Missionary in Training program are agendas and program materials for special conferences – like real zone conferences in the mission – but designed for families to  stage in their own home missionary training gatherings.  So, as a special Christmas present to each you, I now present this conference package to you.  I am sorry for the short notice, but a prepared family can still pull it together for presentation on Christmas Eve or Christmas.

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 “JESUS THE CHRIST”

Christmas Conference

SPECIAL MISSIONARY CONFERENCE

Planning Worksheet

This is a special Christmas Conference.  It can be staged just for the MIT family or it could be expanded to a much bigger group to include friendshipping families, grandparents, extended family and others.  If others are invited, give them food and other assignments.  Involve them in the various elements of the program with advance assignments.  (Friendshipping families might especially enjoy this program and might feel strongly of the Spirit of Christmas, or the Light of Christ.  They will feel of your family;s testimony and belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Conference Date: ________________   Time: _______

Person to be in charge and to coordinate the plan: _____

Location:  ____________________________

 

ADVANCE PREPARATIONS TO BE MADE

Special guests – family and friends – to be invited:

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Invitations to be created and delivered by: _________

Invite special guests to participate and give presentation materials or subjects to cover.

Plan stirring and energetic songs for opening and closing and perhaps in the middle of the program.

Special Physical Arrangements: ____________________________________

Materials Needed: __________________________________________

Person(s) to Prepare Special Food: _________________________________

Special Musical Numbers: (What music, and by whom) ________________________________________

Arrange for an accompanist and conductor for all music of the conference.

Remind all family and special guests that this is a special missionary conference and that full-dress missionary attire is to be worn.

“JESUS THE CHRIST”

 SPECIAL MISSIONARY CONFERENCE

CONFERENCE AGENDA

Conference Date: ________________   Time: _______

Person to be in charge and to coordinate the plan: _____

Location:  __________________________________

(Note: Special food or meal can be presented before the Conference, in the middle, or at the end)

Welcome and Introductions of Special Guests and all Future Missionaries

Stand and recite together the MIT Motto and sing the Anthem.

Conference Theme Introduction              By Whom: ______

This is a joyous season of the year.  The Christmas season gives us opportunity to think and learn of Jesus.  Christmas lets us think again of our Savior and his birth, life and mission in service to us.

Opening Song:  “Joy to the World”         Led By:   _______

Song Source:  Hymn # 201 in Hymns”

Opening Prayer by: ___________________________

Invite all participants to record notes in their “Study Journals”

Opening Talk and Inspiration              By Whom: _______

Key Points to Cover

Read together the following scriptures.  Take turns reading the verses.  You may wish to act these out and have a “family nativity”.  (These could also be assigned reading for each family member before the conference.

             Luke Chapter 2

            Matthew Chapter 2, Verses 1-14

            Helaman 14:1-12

            3 Nephi 1:8–21

Program Features – Special Activities or Instruction:

Before the conference, assign family members to talk on these subjects:

Jesus as Jehovah and his pre-mortal work of the Creation

The royal birth of Jesus as literal Son of God and mortal mother, Mary

The circumstances of the birth of Jesus – the star, the Shepherds, wisemen, etc.

The Life and Mission of Jesus

Jesus as Savior and Redeemer

Special Christmas Musical Numbers:

Presented by:

Stage a “Christmas Reader’s Theater” using the script, “Christmas Is” (Attached with this Conference Agenda) Pre-assign parts so that participants can learn their parts well.  If you have a small group, double up on parts – or cut material from the script.  If you have many family and friends, use a variety of people for the various parts.

Note:  You may wish to have musical accompaniment in the background as the various poems are read.

Share a formal Christmas meal together.  Have the table gaily decorated for Christmas.  Have a framed picture (or pictures) of Jesus as a part of the table centerpiece.

Additional Program Features:

Give each family member a Christmas card – or have materials and let them each create one at this moment.  Then invite them to write their testimonies into the cards – using extra paper if needed.  Give them some string or ribbon and let them hang their card on the Christmas tree – as a decoration.  Then on Christmas, after all of the other gifts have been opened, have each family member, in turn, remove their card (or have it removed and read by a family member).  Have each family member read the card and share their testimonies with the family.  [Note too, that testimony cards could be created and presented or sent to grandparents with instructions to hang these on the tree and open them on Christmas.  If there are any missionaries serving form the family, each family member could also create a “testimony card” for the missionary – again with tree hanging instructions.  And the missionary should be encouraged to create their own card to be sent to the family for opening as “the last gift” on Christmas Day.]  This is a great activity and can become a great highlight of the Christmas season.  And the card activity could be designated as a new family tradition to be followed year after year.

Prior to the conference, invite parents and grandparents to prepare special gifts for each family member.  These should not be purchased gifts – but things such as poems, a musical presentation, a special story, a picture of Jesus, etc.  Have a presentation of these gifts at this time.

Divide the family group into smaller groups of from 4-6 people.  Have each group prepare a short Christmas skit (of 3-5 minutes in length).  Try to have these focus upon some religious facet of Christmas.  Give time (like a half hour) for the creation of these skits and then let family and friends perform them.

Gather the family around the piano (or use recordings of hymns).  Sing several Christmas songs together.

Other ideas:  Dress the family members in the roles of the Nativity (wise men, shepherds, Joseph, Mary, Baby Jesus, etc.).   Make some treats (can be done before the conference) and go dressed in the Nativity costumes and deliver the treats to selected friendshipping families.  Sing a Christmas carol as you knock on the door to deliver the gift.

Come back together for a few more home activities

Snuggle together in blankets, around a fire, etc.  Read a [short] Christmas book or story together.

Key-Note Talk and Challenge         By Whom: _________

Subjects or key points to be included:

Invite family members and guests to share their own testimonies of Jesus

Have a special guest (Returned missionary, grandparent, home teacher, Bishop or other special person) talk on “The Life and Mission of Jesus”.

Closing Song:  “I Believe in Christ”   Led By:  _________

Song Source:  Hymn #134 in “Hymns”

Closing Prayer by: ___________________________

Notes: _________________________________________

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Record this study session into your “Home and Family Missionary Training Center Log”

CHRISTMAS IS …

A Reader’s Theater for Christmas Worship

Narration and Lyrics @ by Kevin V. Hunt

PROGRAM BEGINS WITH SHORT MUSICAL FANFARE (can be recorded music)

(MALE NARRATOR WITH STRONG VIBRANT VOICE):

CHRISTMAS!  CHRISTMAS!!  CHRISTMAS! … !  The very word invokes tender memories and cherished times.  Whether young or old, Christmas time holds a special nostalgia.  We relish in the memories of Christmas times past and look forward with great anticipation to the Christmas of the present and those to come.  Christmas is a time to give to others – to reach beyond our usual selves to brighten the life of someone else.

Christmas is a glorious time of year – a beautiful season.  It is a time for family, a time for togetherness, connecting with loved ones.  It is loving and giving and sharing and serving.  Christmas is memories and traditions.  It is music, a feeling, an attitude.  Christmas is surprises and smiling faces.  Christmas is hearing anew the Christmas Story.  It is rejoicing in the Spirit of Thanksgiving.  It is being grateful for our many blessings.  It is thinking of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and His life and mission.  It is having “The Spirit of Christ” with us in our lives.

IN JOY WE CELEBRATE THE DAY

In joy we celebrate the day,

When Jesus Christ, our Lord was born.

We join in song along our way,

With hearts aglow though world be torn.

 

We celebrate at Christmas time,

With love for others, thoughts of peace.

We serve in every land and clime,

And in each heart does faith increase.

 

We join with friends and family, too,

The Light of Christ in every soul.

His sacrifice brings life anew,

Eternal joy becomes our goal.

 

Christ’s life and mission bring us joy,

Forgiveness when we’ve lost our way.

And resurrection we’ll enjoy,

So we rejoice in Him this day!

 

He came to us to show the way,

Eternal life to us, did bring.

The mission of our Lord and King,

In joy we celebrate this day!

 

In all our getting, we get lost,

Caught up in things that matter not.

We think that good gifts come with cost,

Though best gifts really can’t be bought.

 

We go to parties not a few,

Run ragged in the season’s rush.

Places to go, so much to do,

We do not feel the Spirit’s touch.

 

The world would have us lose our sight,

And vision of eternal things.

With hustle, bustle, day and night,

While doing all the season brings.

 

There’s Christmas shopping, much to buy,

As running to and fro we go.

And we forget the reason why,

Though in our hearts, we really know.

 

He came to us to show the way,

Eternal life to us did bring.

The mission of our Lord and King,

In joy we celebrate this day!

 

There’s reindeer, snowmen, all so cute,

But draw away from Jesus’ light.

Again the Spirit’s call they mute,

So far away from Holy night.

 

There are distractions, worldly ways,

But we can rise above this all.

Within our hearts, our Christmas days,

Can bring us peace and joy and calm.

 

We can feel Jesus’ love, indeed,

As in our giving, we do share.

And His commandments we can heed,

As unto others we show care.

 

We can draw close through family ties,

Traditions, and the season’s glow.

Reflection on the Christmas rhymes,

Can help within, the Spirit grow.

 

He came to us to show the way,

Eternal life to us, did bring.

The mission of our Lord and King,

In joy we celebrate this day!

 

In joy we celebrate the day,

When Jesus Christ, our Lord was born.

We join in song along our way,

With hearts aglow though world be torn.

 

We celebrate at Christmas time,

With love for others, thoughts of peace.

We serve in every land and clime,

And in each heart does faith increase.

 

We join with friends and family, too,

The Light of Christ in every soul.

His sacrifice brings life anew,

Eternal joy becomes our goal.

 

Christ’s life and mission bring us joy,

Forgiveness when we’ve lost our way.

And resurrection we’ll enjoy,

So we rejoice in Him this day!

 

He came to us to show the way,

Eternal life to us did bring.

The mission of our Lord and King,

In joy we celebrate this day!

(FEMALE NARRATOR):

Christmas times are Family!  It is being together, “hanging out” together – just basking in the joy of being together.  It is making things together.  It is enjoyment of the family relationship – and knowing that the Lord has given us families – that we can be together forever.  Christmas is loving each other and being there for each other.

Christmas is a time for togetherness!  It is a time to connect with family, loved ones and friends.  Christmas is a time to renew bonds of brotherhood and to build new ones.  Christmas is a time to go home – or to stay home – with loved ones – enjoying the best of love and happiness – joy and peace.  Christmas is just being together – doing things together – enjoying one another – in the best of family (and all that implies) and the hope of eternal love – binding us together forever.

FAMILY GROUPS SPEAK – WITH FAMILY MEMBERS ALTERNATING WITH PARTS

OUR GOD BELIEVES IN FAMILIES

First Family says:

Our God believes in families,

That’s why He gives us Christmas times.

Our God gave us, our families,

For Christmas joys throughout our lives.

 

That first of Christmas nights began,

In a stable, with family.

Joseph and Mary were there when,

God sent His Son to a family.

 

With family, the bells do chime,

It’s Christmas Day, give thanks to thee.

We celebrate at Christmas time

Because it all is family.

Second Family says:

As a family, we often go

To parties, dinners, special things,

Its all part of the holiday glow,

Such fun to families, Christmas brings.

 

We hustle round, go to and fro,

So much to do, so much to see.

But it’s with family we do go,

And gather round the Christmas tree.

 

With family, the bells do chime,

It’s Christmas Day, give thanks to thee.

We celebrate at Christmas time

Because it all is family.

Third Family says:

We buy our gifts, we do so much

And in traditions we do boast.

We give, we share, the Christmas rush,

It’s family time that means the most.

 

It’s Christmas and with family,

We celebrate the special days.

We do so many things with glee,

And sometimes don’t give God the praise.

 

With family, the bells do chime,

It’s Christmas Day, give thanks to thee.

We celebrate at Christmas time

Because it all is family.

Fourth Family says:

When home for Christmas we enjoy

Times together and having fun.

God gave us Christmas for our joy,

Together, family, every one.

 

Christmas is special ‘cause we’re home,

It’s special with our families.

Rejoice at Christmas, love at home,

For God gave us our families.

 

With family, the bells do chime,

It’s Christmas Day, give thanks to thee.

We celebrate at Christmas time

Because it all is family.

(GRANDFATHER NARRATOR):

Christmas times are for connecting with loved ones – both near and far.  It’s cards and letters.  It’s phone calls to parents, children and grandchildren, to missionary sons and daughters too.  Christmas is extended family together – visiting – visiting parents, grandparents, children, aunts, uncles and cousins.  It is recognition of all in the family circle – acknowledging that the family can be and is eternal – that family is who we want to be with, give to, and share with.  Just being together creates and maintains special bonds – even when little is said.  It means that there are people who love us and whom we love.

Christmas time is Loving!  Christmas is love.  It’s pure love for others.  It is wanting to share something special for someone we love.  It is charity – the true love of Christ.  It is giving love – because we love and because we are loved.  Christmas is the love of Christ – radiating through us to those in our circles around us.

TEEN GIRLS gather as a group and alternately say:

THE CIRCLE OF OUR CHRISTMAS LOVE

The circle of our Christmas love,

Extends to us then circles round.

As we reach out to those we love,

And hear the bells – the joyful sound.

 

We reach beyond, with others share,

And then their love comes back again.

The circles ripple here and there,

As every one serves fellowmen.

 

The circle of our Christmas love,

          Is Father’s love for one and all.

We feel his love – shed from above,

          With glowing hearts, we heed his call.

 

The Father’s love brought Jesus’ birth,

          That all might come to feel and know:

Love’s circle here upon the Earth –

          The love of Christ, the Christmas glow.

 

With love we serve with love, we reach,

In Christmas circles, family, friends.

The Light of Christ, we share with each,

Share peace and joy that never ends.

 

In service, Christmas circles grow,

Expanding out in love and light.

We share God’s gifts, the season’s glow.

And in our hearts, the love burns bright.

 

The circle of our Christmas love,

          Is Father’s love for one and all.

We feel his love – shed from above,

          With glowing hearts, we heed his call.

 

The Father’s love brought Jesus’ birth,

          That all might come to feel and know:

Love’s circle here upon the Earth –

          The love of Christ, the Christmas glow.

 

The more we help, the greater joy,

The more we give, the more we love.

As others give, they too, enjoy,

Expanding circles, Father’s love.

 

We all are brothers – born on high,

To Earth we came, to love and share.

In Christmas circles, we can try –

To show God’s children that we care.

 

The circle of our Christmas love,

          Is Father’s love for one and all.

We feel his love – shed from above,

          With glowing hearts, we heed his call.

 

The Father’s love brought Jesus’ birth,

          That all might come to feel and know:

Love’s circle here upon the Earth –

          The love of Christ, the Christmas glow.

(TEEN GIRL NARRATOR)

Christmas time is Giving!  It is giving to those we love and to some we don’t.  It is sacrifice for the happiness of others.  It is meeting the needs of others and putting those needs above our own.  Giving brings inner joy to the giver and to the receiver.  Giving is planning, finding or making something special for someone special.  Christmas is showing gratitude for all that Christ and others have done for us.

A group of MALES gather and alternately say: 

WHAT CAN I GIVE IN THANKS FOR HIS BIRTH

What can I give Him in thanks for His birth,

His sacred appearance as King of the Earth?

What I can give, is my heart and my hands,

In service to others, their simple demands.

 

What can I give Him in thanks for His light,

The joy of His Gospel, the hope in His life?

What I can do is be faithful and true,

Have joy and be happy, in all that I do.

 

What can I give for His life he did give,

His Atonement, witness we too, may live?

What I can give is the will to do right,

And to serve Him each day with all my might.

 

What can I give Him in thanks for this earth,

The beauty, wonder, each day a new birth?

What I can give Him is love for a child,

That he might know beauty, and grow undefiled.

 

What can I give Him in thanks for each breath,

The life he now gives me and life after death?

What I can give Him is my simple faith,

To walk in His footsteps, and follow his path.

 

What can I give Him thanks for His truths,

For His commandments, and chances to choose?

I can share with others His Church anew.

And be an example in all that I do.

 

What can I give Him in thanks for His word

Through prophets, the Scriptures,

His voice we’ve heard.

What I can give Him is study and prayer,

And then, with His Spirit, I’ll show I can

 

What can I give Him in thanks for His love,

His help, His blessings, His hands from above?

What I can give is thanksgiving for all,

Rejoicing each day for help to stand tall.

What can I give Him in thanks for His peace,

The joy of forgiveness, comfort, release?

What I can give Him, is my broken heart,

A simple commitment each day, do my part.

 (GRANDMOTHER NARRATOR):

Christmas time is Sharing!  It is reaching beyond one’s normal outward self – but drawing from within one’s true feelings, inner self, values and innermost desires to love and serve others.  It is recognition that we are all brothers and sisters – children of one God who created us and put us within our earthly circles.  Christmas is sacrifice for someone special or others that we love.  It is giving to the overall brotherhood which allows us to share even outside the bounds of those we normally include as ours.  It allows us to be our best selves – in the true Spirit of Jesus Christ – the great Teacher of human relations, love and the brotherhood of all.

Christmas time is Service!  It is looking for those who need our help, our Spirit, our strength – our resources.  It is being in tune to the Spirit which can tell us who needs our help.  It is service to parents, siblings, children and grandchildren.  It is service to neighbors and special friends – and even to strangers.  It is service to those we don’t yet know.  It is service to God’s children – as if He Himself were here to serve.

CHRISTMAS IS SERVICE

When we were young, our parents taught,

That we should serve at Christmas time,

Our friends and neighbors, love a lot,

That joy be felt this special time.

 

We took some cookies, drop and run,

To family, friends, and loved ones too.

And we staged parties, so much fun,

With Christmas food and games to do.

 

Most all were old folks on our street,

We tried to bring them Christmas cheer.

We felt such joy as we’d repeat,

Christmas traditions every year.

 

We’d also serve our family,

As we drew names for gifts to give.

We did our home jobs with such glee,

For dimes and nickels, more to give.

 

Christmas is service, love to all,

Caring and sharing, giving too.

Christmas is service, joy to all,

Loving Jesus, in all we do.

 

For “Twelve Days” we did give our gifts,

We cooked and baked so we could share.

With friends and kin, that we might lift,

Their spirits, and to show we care.

 

In service we did try to be,

Kinder, gentler, and joyful too.

The Light of Christ we felt, did see,

As we served others, Jesus too.

 

We gave our best, to fellow men,

As Christ-like lessons, we did learn.

From father, mother, way back then,

And now, as parents, it’s our turn.

 

As we now serve, we share, we teach,

New generations, what to do.

We show through service, we can reach,

The hearts of all with joy anew.

 

Christmas is service, love to all,

Caring and sharing, giving too.

Christmas is service, joy to all,

Loving Jesus, in all we do.

 

Christ taught us how to love and serve,

By His example, walk each day.

It’s Christmas and a time to serve,

With all our hearts, in every way.

 

As we serve other, we serve God,

That Jesus taught, in word and deed.

And as we serve, we show to God,

Our gratitude, true love indeed.

 

So many ways to serve, to give,

With open eyes and hearts that care.

As we do serve, gain hope to live,

Feel Christmas joy each time we share.

 

Christmas service brings us great joy,

For through our service, all are blessed.

Lord, Let us serve thee, life enjoy,

At Christmas, always, we be blessed.

 

Christmas is service, love to all,

Caring and sharing, giving too.

Christmas is service, joy to all,

Loving Jesus, in all we do.

(ORIGINAL MALE NARRATOR RETURNS AND SAYS):

Yes, Christmas time is a time for serving.  It is for visiting the elderly, going to rest homes, stringing lights, staging dinners and parties for those who are lonely.  It is goodies for neighbors and special friends and teachers.  It is doing for others in special ways, and going the extra mile to help those in need.

Christmas times are for Memories!  It is memories of our childhood and simple pleasures and simple treasures.  It is memories of special times with special folks.  It is creating traditions that perpetuate the special memories – passing the Spirit and special feelings from generation to generation.  It is photo moments – to be looked at, reviewed, smiled over, and always remembered.

Christmas times are times of grand tradition!  Traditions – no matter how simple, bind generations together as they are repeated year after year.  Traditions keep our memories of Christmas times alive as we think fondly of the past – and glory in those wondrous but simple days of yore.  Traditions keep us anticipating Christmas times as we look forward to what has always been and what we hope it will always be.  Traditions ARE Christmas – and Christmas is Tradition!  Our Christmas memories are based upon the traditions that have been maintained.  Traditions build feelings of the heart – often more poignant than the event or act itself.

Christmas is a traditional time to worship and rejoice in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Christmas is a time to share and enjoy music about Jesus.  It is  wonderful familiar songs and carols sung or played on radio stations, traditional carols sung by choirs.  It is bells and chimes, soft tones to the heart.  Music is testimony of His birth and life – and knowledge that He lives – all expressed through the songs and feelings of the heart.  We can sing aloud with others or we can sing within our hearts.

 “THE MISSION OF OUR LORD REJOICE”

Oh that all the world might know,

At Christmas time and through the year,

God sent his Son to earth to show,

His love for man – that all might hear.

 

Before our birth He shared His plan,

He said that we could freely choose.

And though we’d sin, He’d give to man,

His Son, a Savior, gospel truths.

 

By Father’s Plan, the worlds were made,

Jehovah spoke, and it was done.

Creation splendor, hill and glade,

The earth and skies warmed by the son.

 

Adam and Eve were placed on earth,

They chose the way that man might be.

And from that day looked to His birth,

That from their sins they would be free.

 

The Son of God, came forth to earth,

     Rejoice, rejoice, His royal birth.

For Jesus came with life and light,

     With hope and joy, eternal life.

 

Jehovah, Lord of earth and heav’n

For ages spoke to prophets true.

Unto them His law was given,

Eternal truths to each anew.

 

Prophets long foretold His birth,

His death and resurrection too.

“As Son of God, he’ll come to earth,

And he’ll atone for me and you.”

 

As promised through the ages past,

True Son of God, through Mary born.

To man, redemption came at last,

No more in sorrow, sin to mourn.

 

He taught, he lifted, helped each soul,

A perfect life though pain he knew.

He taught through faith we can be whole,

If His example we will do.

The Son of God, came forth to earth,

     Rejoice, rejoice, His royal birth.

For Jesus came with life and light,

     With hope and joy, eternal life.

 

While here, He did His Father’s will,

Each day proclaimed, “Thy will be done!”

En everything, He did fulfill,

For in all things, they were as one.

 

In the Garden, he suffered sore,

Great drops of blood for one and all.

On Calvary’s hill, He suffered more,

That all might rise above the fall.

 

His life, the Savior freely gave,

For each of us, he did atone,

He died, to Father’s children save,

This sacred act, He did alone.

 

With death came resurrection, joy,

His mission done, a brighter day.

Now faith and hope all men enjoy,

Give thanks, rejoice, He lives today!

 

The Son of God, came forth to earth,

     Rejoice, rejoice, His royal birth.

For Jesus came with life and light,

     With hope and joy, eternal life.

YOUNG MOTHER NARRATOR:

Christmas is a time for special feelings!  It is an attitude – a feeling of love.  It is remembering Jesus and His “Golden Rule”.  It is bringing cheer to others.  It is joy, happiness and peace.  It’s a feeling of the heart – a witness to the soul.  It is a burning in the bosom – a knowledge of Jesus as the Son of God and our Savior and Redeemer.

Christmas is a time for surprises!  Christmas is creating special surprises for special people – keeping secrets.  It is making door drops – the “12 Days of Christmas” – giving anonymously – giving and sharing without credit for the task accomplished.  It is wondering what is in presents under the tree – and trying to guess.  It is giving and receiving the unexpected.

Christmas is a time for Smiling Faces!  Christmas is the smile of a child receiving a simple gift.  It is bringing joy to old folks – or to those who are alone.  It’s making someone happy with that special gift or service.  It is joy to the giver of a special gift – seeing the joy of the gift received – and the smiles of those who receive.

Young Children gather together and alternately say the lines:

“OUR CHRISTMAS JOY”

Jesus was born so long ago,

He came for you, He came for me

That’s why our hearts are all aglow,

We think of Him, this day, you see.

 

Jesus taught us the way to live,

His light, it shines with us today.

That’s why we share with much to give,

This blessed and holy Christmas Day.

MALE TEEN NARRATOR:

Christmas is a time to hear anew, the Christmas Story!  It is a time to hear again of the birth of Jesus – the Son of God.  It is remembering that first Christmas – that centered around family – the babe in the manger – with Mary his mother – and Joseph, his step-father, protector and friend.  It is remembering the special star that shone so brightly.  It is rejoicing with the shepherds in Christ’s royal birth – as proclaimed by the Glory of God in their presence.  It is singing with the angels with joy at His birth.

THE GLORY OF THE LORD SHONE ‘ROUND

The Glory of the Lord shone ‘round,

As God our Father came to Earth,

And shepherds bowed on holy ground,

And heard the news of Jesus’ birth.

 

In radiant glory, Father came,

To herald news of His Son’s birth,

To shepherds, not to kings, he came,

Transcendent tidings to the earth.

 

Glory to God for His Son’s birth,

And peace, Good will to all on earth.

 

The shepherds saw, with ears they heard,

As God proclaimed the royal birth.

And by the Spirit, their hearts burned,

As Father testified on Earth.

 

The hosts of heaven, with Him came,

In loud acclaim their voices rang.

Glory to God!  – they praised his name,

“Good will and peace to men,” they sang.

 

Glory to God for His Son’s birth,

And peace, Good will to all on earth.

 

God’s brightness, glory filled night sky,

With backdrop of a great new star.

And humble shepherds wondered why,

In fear they stood with hearts ajar.

 

“Fear not!” Said God, “For now behold,

I bring good tidings of great joy.

For born this day, is Christ the Lord,

And to all people, he’ll bring joy.”

Glory to God for His Son’s birth,

And peace, Good will to all on earth

 

“In David’s City, he is laid,

In swaddling clothes on manger hay.

To men a Savior, Christ the Lord!

Born my Begotten Son today.”

 

In haste, the shepherds went to see,

And found the babe as God had said.

By Spirit’s whisper, knew ‘twas He,

The Son of God in manger laid.

 

Glory to God for His Son’s birth,

And peace, Good will to all on earth.

 

By Father’s love, he sent His Son,

His own Begotten, born that day.

‘Twas sent to die, that death be won,

And sin be gone in Father’s way.

 

He came, according to God’s plan,

That all mankind might get to choose.

Thus Heavenly Father came to man,

Announcing Jesus – joyful news!

 

Glory to God for His Son’s birth,

And peace, Good will to all on earth.

GRANDFATHER NARRATOR:

Christmas is a time for Nativity Scenes.  It is nativity scenes big and small that help to remind us of that first Christmas night.  It is reading, enacting Luke Chapter II.  It is feeling and knowing again that He was born, suffered, died and that He lives.  It is pondering the life and mission, His ultimate sacrifice – His Atonement for us – all flowing from that simple royal birth.  It is knowing that He came for us – as Son of God, our Savior and Redeemer.

TEENAGE BOYS Say:

Song:  A STAR SHONE BRIGHT

Rejoice!  A glorious star appears,

With brilliance Earth had never known.

Foretold by prophets through the years,

With splendor, it is heaven’s crown.

 

It shines for Him who made the Earth,

The heavens and all things that are.

And heralds of a Savior’s birth,

Shine forth in beauty, wondrous star!

 

A star proclaims that Jesus came.

And heavens sing, “A King is born”,

All earth shout forth and praise His name.

“Hosanna to our God and Lord.’

 

On shepherd flocks the star shown bright,

As angel’s joyous praise was heard

“For unto us is born this night,

A Savior who is Christ the Lord.”

 

From east the wise men saw the star,

And they rejoiced in heaven’s light.

By moving star, they traveled far,

With gifts for King born on that night.

 

A star proclaims that Jesus came.

And heavens sing, “A King is born”,

All earth shout forth and praise His name.

“Hosanna to our God and Lord.’

 

The star shined too, in western sky,

Folks knew the day, their Savior’s birth.

Their prophets too, had told them why,

The glorious star would shine on Earth.

 

And still today we see His light,

Rejoice in life his birth did bring.

And in our hearts His star shines bright,

As Jesus Christ, our Lord and King.

 

A star proclaims that Jesus came.

And heavens sing, “A King is born”,

All earth shout forth and praise His name.

“Hosanna to our God and Lord.’

GRANDMOTHER NARRATOR:

Christmas time is a time for rejoicing!   It is in rejoicing in the Spirit of Thanksgiving.  It is knowing within us that God is our Father – that we are His children.  It is knowing that God knows us, our circumstances, our needs.  It is wonder and amazement as He inspires others to meet our needs – or inspires us to meet the needs of others.  It is counting our blessings and recognizing all that’s been given to us.  It is giving thanks for special feelings, for special people and even things.  It is personal joy and happiness for all that we are and all that is ours.

“THE MIRACLE OF CHRISTMAS”

There’s miracles at Christmas time,

When open hearts are all aglow.

As folks from every land and clime,

Revere the Christ, born long ago.

 

With loving hearts, we serve and give,

As Light of Christ, we feel and know.

And with this light, give hope to live,

As miracles within us grow.

 

Rejoice in Christmas miracles,

Give thanks and know that Christ is near.

Within our hearts, the miracles,

Build faith and give eternal cheer.

 

It may be us, the miracle,

That helps a brother in his need.

God’s hands through us, the miracle,

As we reach out, give Spirit’s heed.

 

Through us, a little child is blessed,

As we reach out, make dreams come true.

We’re better when we give our best,

With answered prayers, their faith renew.

 

Rejoice in Christmas miracles,

Give thanks and know that Christ is near.

Within our hearts, the miracles,

Build faith and give eternal cheer.

 

 

At other times, we might receive

The miracle, to us is given.

As hearts reach out, and we believe

That God is watching down from heaven.

 

Though we have need, we do not share,

But angels know and come to give.

With open hearts, they show they care,

With miracles of love they give.

 

Rejoice in Christmas miracles,

Give thanks and know that Christ is near.

Within our hearts, the miracles,

Build faith and give eternal cheer.

 

The miracles are ours to share,

To give with love, or to receive.

By miracles, God shows His care,

To all who hope and do believe.

 

The Light of Christ inspires, guides,

So we rejoice in Jesus’ birth.

Through Christmas miracles, he abides,

Within the hearts of men on earth.

 

Rejoice in Christmas miracles,

Give thanks and know that Christ is near.

Within our hearts, the miracles,

Build faith and give eternal cheer.

ORIGINAL MALE NARRATOR:

So, if Christmas is times together, grand tradition, sharing and giving, then Christmas is also family, it is music.  It is serving and loving.  Yes, Christmas is all of that.  And Jesus also, is all of that.  And He wants each of us to be all of that.  So, doing those things, year after year, brings us closer to Him and to our families.  And if Christmas helps us radiate the Spirit of Christ – and to feel it in our hearts, then Christmas is good.  We can emulate traits of our Savior and thus keep Christmas in us – while also sharing it with others.

LET ALL THE WORLD BREAK FORTH IN PRAISE

Let all the world break forth in praise,

Rejoice in Jesus Christ, our King.

In joyful strains, let voices raise,

Rejoice and with the angels sing.

 

Rejoice in Him of royal birth,

Though Son of God, a humble babe.

Rejoice in God’s son, sent to earth,

Amidst the heavens, he had made.

 

Rejoice for Jesus came to Earth,

Rejoice, he came, that man might live.

Rejoice in Jesus’ royal birth,

Rejoice He came!  His life to give!

 

“Rejoice,” said Angel Gabriel,

To Mary, as he came from God.

“Ye blessed woman,” he did hail,

“Thou woman favoured of the Lord.”

 

“Fear not, Mary,” Gabriel said,

“Thou shalt conceive, bring forth a son.

His name be Jesus, He’ll be great,

Son of the Highest, God’s own Son.”

 

Rejoice for Jesus came to Earth,

Rejoice, he came, that man might live.

Rejoice in Jesus’ royal birth,

Rejoice He came!  His life to give!

 

To Joseph, also, Gabriel came,

“Rejoice, for Mary shall conceive.

Emmanuel shall be his name,

From death and sin, He will relieve.”

 

Then to Judea, Joseph went,

With Mary, who was great with child.

Then came the babe, when she was spent,

No inn would house the Holy Child.

 

Rejoice for Jesus came to Earth,

Rejoice, he came, that man might live.

Rejoice in Jesus’ royal birth,

Rejoice He came!  His life to give!

 

To humble shepherds, Father came,

His glory ‘round about them shone.

“Rejoice, said he, “glad tidings come,

For unto you, a Savior’s born.”

 

“Glory to God,” the angels sang,

as they praised God, in glory then.

“Rejoice in God,” their voices rang,

“With peace, good will, toward all men.”

 

Rejoice for Jesus came to Earth,

Rejoice, he came, that man might live.

Rejoice in Jesus’ royal birth,

Rejoice He came!  His life to give!

ORIGINAL MALE NARRATOR:

CHRISTMAS!  Christmas time is …

FEMALE NARRATOR SPEAKS AGAIN:

Christmas is thinking of the birth of Jesus Christ as the Son of God.  It is looking beyond His birth to His life and mission.

GRANDFATHER NARRATOR:

Christmas is having “The Spirit of Christ” with us in our lives – becoming “a new creature” – more prepared for service in His Kingdom.

TEEN GIRL NARRATOR:

Christmas is being and doing better.

GRANDMOTHER NARRATOR:

Christmas is emulating the Lord Jesus Christ in thought and action.

TEEN BOY NARRATOR:

Christmas is a commitment for the future – commitment in heart, spirit and actions.

YOUNG MOTHER NARRATOR:

Christmas is moving forward with a renewed spirit of love and charity and wanting to serve and love family and others around us in that Spirit of Christ.

YOUNG CHILD NARRATOR):

Christmas is loving Him – because He loves us!

MALE NARRATOR:

That’s what Christmas is … and that’s what Christmas times are – and can be – for all of us – for all of God’s children.   To this, and of our Lord, Jesus Christ, we testify …

Above narrators together alternate and say parts:

Let all the world break forth in praise,

Rejoice in Jesus Christ, our King.

In joyful strains, let voices raise,

Rejoice and with the angels sing.

 

Rejoice in Him of royal birth,

Though Son of God, a humble babe.

Rejoice in God’s son, sent to earth,

Amidst the heavens, he had made.

 

Rejoice for Jesus came to Earth,

Rejoice, he came, that man might live.

Rejoice in Jesus’ royal birth,

Rejoice He came!  His life to give!

@ Kevin V. Hunt 2010

For a print-friendly copy of this program, send an e-mail message to Kevin Hunt: info@missionaryintraining.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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