Mark your calenders; the Holy Walk is set for Dec.14 at 5:30 PM & Dec.15 at 6:00 PM and is 15 this year. It begins at the High School Gym. The soilders' tent is in need of jewlery, baskets, gold vases and candlestick holders. Donations would be appreciated and may be dropped off at Grace United Methodist Church in Bremen.

3 Wise Men     On the Holy Walk, participants travel as a family to the Bethlehem of 2000 years ago to pay their taxes and be counted in the Roman census. On the trip, the families are accosted by Roman soldiers, amazed by angels announcing the birth of a messiah, greeted by lowly shepherds, turned away by an innkeeper, swindled by tax collectors, advised by a wise Nativityprophet and questioned by wise men from a distant kingdom. They also encounter a raucous village market and a young couple who also is traveling to Bethlehem and several other characters. The last stop is a humble stable where that same young couple has sought refuge for the birth of a child.


Luke 2: 1-7

The Nativity -- Michelangelo      And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
      And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David), to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being with child.
      And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
     And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord come upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
The Annunciation to the Shepherds -- Léon François Comerre       And the angel said unto them, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."
      And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
     And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another: "Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is to comeThe Nativity -- Bernardino Luini to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us."
     And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.  
    But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

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