Nativity 2022

Welcome to our drive-through nativity! While we wish we could be here to greet you in person and share in the Christmas story together, we hope this modified experience is still meaningful during this unique holiday season. 

You are about to witness five scenes featuring key moments from the biblical stories surrounding the birth of Jesus. We will provide a brief exploration of the biblical story with a bonus offering prepared especially for the young and young at heart, a scripture reference, and a familiar carol for each scene. We invite you to drive through as many times as you like during the season. 

We also invite you to join us for our virtual Christmas Eve Service at 6:30pm on December 24, 2021.

An Angel's Appearance to the Shepherds

by Adult Scene 1

An Angel's Appearance to the Shepherds

by Child Scene 1

📖  Luke 2:8-20 (New International Version)

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

📖  Luke 2:8-20 (Especially for Children Edition)

It was a quiet, star filled night. Shepherds watched their lambs and sheep sleeping in the fields. Suddenly an angel appeared. The shepherds were startled!

The angel said to them: “Fear not! I bring good news! Baby Jesus has been born in Bethlehem. You will find him sleeping in a manger.”

More angels appeared saying: “Glory to God in the highest!”

The shepherds, full of joy – and probably a little nervousness – hurried down to Bethlehem to find the baby and to tell others the news.

The First Noel the Angel Did Say – Old English Carol 🎵

The first Noel the angel did say

Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;

In fields where they lay keeping their sheep, 

On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel.

They lookèd up and saw a star

Shining in the east, beyond them far;

And to the earth it gave great light,

And so it continued both day and night.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel.

And by the light of that same star

Three Wise Men came from country far;

To seek for a King was their intent,

And to follow the star wherever it went.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,Born is the King of Israel.

This star drew nigh to the northwest,

Over Bethlehem it took its rest;

And there it did both stop and stay,

Right over the place where Jesus lay.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel.

Then did they know assuredly

Within that house the King did lie;

One entered it them for to see,

And found the Babe in poverty.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel.

Then entered in those Wise Men three,

Full reverently upon the knee,

And offered there, in His presence,

Their gold and myrrh and frankincense.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel.

Between an ox stall and an ass,

This Child truly there He was;

For want of clothing they did Him lay

All in a manger, among the hay.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,Born is the King of Israel.

Then let us all with one accord

Sing praises to our heavenly Lord;

That hath made Heaven and earth of naught,

And with His blood mankind hath bought.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel.

If we in our time shall do well,

We shall be free from death and hell;

For God hath prepared for us all

A resting place in general.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel.

The First Noel the Angel Did Say

by Old English Carol

📖 Matthew 2:1-12 (New International Version)

2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

📖 Matthew 2:1-12 (Especially for Children Edition)

When Baby Jesus was born, a bright new star appeared in the sky. Magi or “wise men”, who studied lots of subjects – including the night sky, saw the star from their home country far away. The wise men knew this must be an important sign, so they loaded their camels and followed the star.

Along the way they met a king – King Herod – who told them to continue to Bethlehem, find the child, and send directions so that he could also visit the baby. (But King Herod was not happy that the baby had been born. King Herod wanted to keep the baby from becoming a king like him.)

The wise men found Mary, Joseph, and Jesus and left gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. That night, the wise men were warned in a dream that King Herrod was trying to trick them. They decided not to send directions to King Herod, and instead returned home using a different road.

We Three Kings of Orient Are – John H. Hopkin 🎵

We three kings of Orient are;

Bearing gifts we traverse afar,

Field and fountain, moor and mountain,

Following yonder star.

O star of wonder, star of light,

Star with royal beauty bright,

Westward leading, still proceeding,

Guide us to thy perfect light.

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain

Gold I bring to crown Him again,

King forever, ceasing never,

Over us all to reign.

O star of wonder, star of light,

Star with royal beauty bright,

Westward leading, still proceeding,

Guide us to thy perfect light.

Frankincense to offer have I;

Incense owns a Deity nigh;

Prayer and praising, voices raising,

Worshipping God on high.O star of wonder, star of light,

Star with royal beauty bright,

Westward leading, still proceeding,

Guide us to thy perfect light.

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume

Breathes a life of gathering gloom;

Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,

Sealed in the stone cold tomb.

O star of wonder, star of light,

Star with royal beauty bright,

Westward leading, still proceeding,

Guide us to thy perfect light.

Glorious now behold Him arise;

King and God and sacrifice;

Alleluia, Alleluia,

Sounds through the earth and skies.

O star of wonder, star of light,

Star with royal beauty bright,

Westward leading, still proceeding,

Guide us to thy perfect light.

📖 Isaiah 9:2 (New International Version)

2 The people walking in darkness

have seen a great light;

on those living in the land of deep darkness

a light has dawned.

📖 Isaiah 9:6-7 (New International Version)

6 For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given,

and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 Of the greatness of his government and peace

there will be no end.

He will reign on David’s throne

and over his kingdom,

establishing and upholding it

with justice and righteousness

from that time on and forever.

The zeal of the Lord Almighty

will accomplish this.

📖 Isaiah 11:1-5 (New International Version)

1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;

from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—

the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,

the Spirit of counsel and of might,

the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—

3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,

or decide by what he hears with his ears;

4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy,

with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.

He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;

with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.

5 Righteousness will be his belt

and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

📖 Isaiah 9:2, 9:6-7, 11:1-5 (Especially for Children Edition)

People walking in darkness have seen a bright light. People living in darkness have a light shining on them. For a child [Note: Christians eventually understood this to be Jesus.] will be born and sent to live on Earth.He will be responsible for governing the people. He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

His leadership and the peace he creates will not end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom forever. He will uphold it with justice and righteousness.

He will have the spirit of wisdom and understanding, spirit of counsel and might, and spirit of knowledge and respect for God. He will not judge with just what his eyes see and ears hear but with extra goodness and respect toward the poor and needy.

The great energy and love of God will make this happen.

O little town of Bethlehem – Phillips Brooks 🎵

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.

Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light;

The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above,

While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love.

O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth,

And praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth!

How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is giv’n;

So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His Heav’n.

No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,

Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.

Where children pure and happy pray to the blessèd Child,

Where misery cries out to Thee, Son of the mother mild;

Where charity stands watching and faith holds wide the door,

The dark night wakes, the glory breaks, and Christmas comes once more.

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;

Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.

We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;

O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

📖 Luke 2:1-7 (New International Version)

2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David,because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

📖 Luke 2:1-7 (Especially for Children Edition)

When it was time for Mary’s baby to be born, it was also time for Mary and Joseph to make a trip to Bethlehem – their hometown. They packed their things and started down the road. 

When they arrived at Bethlehem the city was full of people, and Mary and Joseph struggled to find a hotel room to sleep in. An innkeeper suggested they could use the stable, but that would mean sleeping with animals. 

That night, surrounded by sleeping animals, the baby was born. Mary named him Jesus, wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in the manger.

Away in a manger – John T. McFarland 🎵

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,

The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.

The stars in the sky looked down where He lay,

The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

 

The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes,

But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes;

I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky

And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.

 

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay

Close by me forever, and love me, I pray;

Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,

And fit us for Heaven to live with Thee there.

God Protects the Refugee Christ Child

by Adult Scene 5

God Protects the Refugee Christ Child

by Child Scene 5

📖 Matthew 2:13-15 (New International Version)

13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” 14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”


📖 John 3:16 (New International Version)

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

📖 Matthew 2:13-15 (Especially for Children Edition)

After the magi left, Joseph was warned by an angel in a dream that King Herod was angry about the new baby and had plans to hurt him. The angel told Joseph to get up and take the child and his mother, Mary, to Egypt until it was safe.

Joseph got up and took them to Egypt. They stayed in Egypt until King Herod passed away, and it was safe for them to return.

📖 John 3:16 (Especially for Children Edition)

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Silent Night, Holy Night – Josef Mohr 🎵

Silent night, holy night,

All is calm, all is bright

Round yon virgin mother and Child.

Holy Infant, so tender and mild,

Sleep in heavenly peace,

Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night,

Shepherds quake at the sight;

Glories stream from heaven afar,

Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!

Christ the Savior is born,

Christ the Savior is born!

Silent night, holy night,

Son of God, love’s pure light;

Radiant beams from Thy holy face

With the dawn of redeeming grace,

Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth,

Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

Silent night, holy night

Wondrous star, lend thy light;

With the angels let us sing,

Alleluia to our King;

Christ the Savior is born,

Christ the Savior is born!

Thank you!

We hope you found meaning in this drive through nativity! We invite you to spend a little more time considering the Christmas story you have just experienced. We also invite you to join us for our virtual Christmas Eve Service at 6:30 pm on December 24, 2021. Details are available at firstuc.org/online. 

Best wishes for a safe and Merry Christmas! 

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