Countdown to Christmas 2011 – The Christmas Story pt1, and #Youthmin
It was 7 days til Christmas and Jesus brought to me, a hunger to surf through #crtvmin #youthmin #youthministry #stumin #setlist and #worshipset hashtags on Twitter while running song slides during worship team practice Sunday morning. [Yes, I did say..during practice.. as that was when it happened.] Not real sure where God is leading but reading about youth ministry has quickly become a new favorite field to explore, and I’m excited.
Links to great youth ministry blogs will take place in an upcoming post; share your favorites below to have them included.
Thinking about Christmas with all the –
- Christmas carols we sang in church services yesterday,
- Churches preparing for Christmas Eve and Christmas day services,
- Tons of free give away’s in the church media field and other ministries,
- A little snow on the ground,
and all the other things we do in preparation for this celebration of Jesus’ birth I wonder how many of us have taken the time to read through and spend time reflecting on the very first Christmas. If you haven’t already read it you are encouraged to read it with us here this week, if you have read we’d love to have you read it again. This story never gets old!
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David.
Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”
Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.
And he will reign over Israelt forever; his Kingdom will never end!”
Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”
The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month.
For nothing is impossible with God.”
Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.
Would love to hear from you! What is your favorite part of the Christmas story? Do you have a favorite youth ministry blog?