There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and the shepherds 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 our 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,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Come worship God’s Word in flesh.
Christ welcomes all from every tradition, and people new to faith.
Christ welcomes new friends and familiar friends.
Christ welcomes every age and every size, tone and culture, every sexual orientation and gender identity, every socioeconomic station, relationship status, political belief, ability and challenge.
Christ welcomes believers and questioners, and to questioning believers.
All are welcome to pray and praise, celebrate and sorrow, rejoice and recover.
God nurtures us in love and we are made whole.
Christ welcomes you to worship. Amen.