Homily for Christmas Eve, 3rd-8th grade program, A Night In Bethlehem:
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through Bethlehem
Every creature was stirring, for what the angels said to them;
The promised Messiah was certainly near,
As prophets foretold, God’s Word was clear;
From the very beginning, from our first sin;
God had promised that His grace would enter in;
Born of a virgin, as the Father had willed,
The Creator among us, the time is fulfilled.
When all through the town, there arose such a clatter,
For a Virgin, they wondered, what was the matter?
The angel of the Lord, provided Joseph a joy,
That this is of the Spirit, that this is God’s dear boy.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave paths of light, to Judea they went for Ceasar to know.
They wondered as there was no room in the inn,
But in a manger is where the babe was swaddled within.
Then angels appeared from heaven above ,
They proclaimed to truth of God’s love;
To the shepherds all nestled upon the hill,
Glory to God in the Highest, and peace to men of good will!
Most rapidly the shepherds then exclaimed!
They found Mary Joseph, his name they proclaimed!
He’s Jesus, the Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel!
God with us! The Lord of all! To conquer death and hell!”
The shepherds then left from the baby boy,
They went with haste, to share the news of great joy;
So up to the mountaintops they flew
There is peace and joy, it’s Jesus Christ for you!
And then, in a twinkling, the Magi stood on a roof
Looking and searching the skies for Biblical truth.
Night after night they searched in the skies,
Then the star proclaimed the Child’s glorious cries.
“There,” they said, “out in the east,”
They traveled afar on their two-humped beasts;
With gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh,
They went with haste, for the truth of God’s Word.
Jesus’ eyes toward the righteous, born of Virgin Mary,
The sins of the world, to the cross He would carry!
And all who adored, approached with a bow,
For there is joy to the world, here and now!
The stump of Jesse’s tree, the King of Kings they had found,
All fell to their knees, for the Christ they had found;
He had peace that extended from His glorious face,
All adored, for here is the Lord of all grace.
He was humble and meek, laid aside His glorious self,
To forgive and bless in spite of my sinful self;
With a crown of thorns and a twist on his head
Resurrection life He gave you, with nothing to dread;
So, history was changed on that first Christmas day,
The Word became flesh in humble display,
To the cross he’ll go, come what may,
To forgive, redeem, and give life on Easter day;
On a night in Bethlehem, for all to hear:
Jesus, the Savior, is surely here.
Him we proclaim, that God is in sight—
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”