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**And the shepherds went back glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen** (Luke 2:20).

Luke 2:20
Numbers 6:22-27; Psalms 67:2-3,5-6,8; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21

Sermon Week/Year

Octave of Christmas,

Sermon Topic

New Year,

A little boy was trying to explain to a little girl the difference between a mother and a father. He thought about it for a while, then he said, “Daddies have big muscles and make money. Mommies take care of everybody and smell good.”

Coming from a little boy, that fairly well sums up the meaning of Christmas. The beauty and the glory of the Incarnation is that God, in Christ becomes present to us all — mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, friends and relations — transforming the way we use our big muscles, the way we make our money, the way we take care of everybody, and even the way we smell good.

In today’s Gospel Lesson, Luke tells us how the shepherds in the countryside near Bethlehem responded to the announcement of the birth of the Savior by the angel of the Lord. “They hurried away and found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby lying in the manger. When they saw the…

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