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Our intergenerational Sunday school class yesterday, spent some time reading versions of “reveal” of Jesus in Matthew http://bible.oremus.org/and in Luke http://bible.oremus.org/. One, course, focuses on Joseph receiving the embryonic news of a divine person to be born into the family and the other, perhaps more familiarly, has Mary as the one to hear that – with her accent – she will bear good news into the world. FullSizeRender copy

We reflected on what God was expecting, with the birth of this child, looking at some Old Testament texts, which early Christians used to describe the identity of Jesus. We recalled some of the many names given to this little baby – more even than the burden of  of English royalty.FullSizeRender (5)

Then we crafted birth announcements for Jesus.

Some were spare, evoking the image of a harried father shooting out a quick email: “Family, Friends – I have good news. Mary was delivered of a baby boy last night. He and Mary are both well. His name is Jesus. We give thanks to God for his safe delivery.”

Others saw this whole thing from the larger, theological perspective.

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A few were from Mary’s perspective.

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Both children and adults were aware 0f the unusual birthing room.

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A couple got into the party spirit of the event, inviting worship and gifts, and including animals, people and angels.

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My favorite modern inclusion: #followthestar FullSizeRender (8)Not a bad idea.

Why don’t you give it a try and imagine a birth announcement for Jesus? He is – after all – a child born for us all. Post it here.  And share the good news.