Children's Word, Christmas, Christmas Eve

Go! Tell It!

(A Christmas Eve Story    December 24, 2012          Luke 2:1, 3-16; Matthew 2:1-12)

Go! Tell it!

Good news!

Great joy!

Tonight in Bethlehem the Savior is born.

It started with the angels.

They didn’t know everything that would happen. They only knew their own part of the story, their own assignment. They were going out to tell the world about a special baby being born.

One of them had the most important part.

Go! Tell it!

Good news!

Great joy!

Tonight in Bethlehem the Savior is born.

The angel learned the words well, and that takes practice.

Go! Tell it!

Good news!

Great joy!

Tonight in Bethlehem the Savior is born.

(Hang angel on manger.)

The first people the angels told were shepherds. They were out on the hillside, taking care of the sheep. Brrr! It was cold out there. They huddled up together in the dark, keeping the sheep close for warmth. They could see the stars in the sky, just like every night, but suddenly there was a great light! An angel appeared in the sky. They were very frightened.

Don’t be afraid, said the angel.

Go! Tell it!

Good news!

Great joy!

Tonight in Bethlehem the Savior is born.

Then even more angels appeared, singing a song, “Glory to God in the highest heaven! Sing a song and praise God! Sing about peace on earth for all people!”

The shepherds got excited. A savior? Born in little Bethlehem? That wasn’t too far away. They ran into town to see.

(Add shepherd and sheep to the scene.)

Now they believed what the angel said:

Go! Tell it!

Good news!

Great joy!

Tonight in Bethlehem the Savior is born.

Because there he was, the baby lying in a manger, wrapped in a little blanket. His mother was watching over him.

(Place baby in manger.)

The shepherds stayed and watched as long as they could. Other people came, too. People were talking in Bethlehem. When the shepherds left, they helped spread the word.

Go! Tell it!

Good news!

Great joy!

Tonight in Bethlehem the Savior is born.

From the East, a line of camels and people were traveling. The camels had packs on their backs, full of presents. All the way they followed the light of a special star. It led them to the same baby. The gifts they brought were gold and frankincense and myrrh. It didn’t matter that the baby was poor and they were rich. When they saw him, they knelt down. They believed he was the Savior.

(Place the wise men and camels.)

Go! Tell it!

Good news!

Great joy!

Tonight in Bethlehem the Savior is born.

All around the world tonight, we are telling the story again, about the baby Jesus, born in a stable. We are telling the story about the angels who sang to the shepherds. We are telling the story about the shepherds who spread the word. We are telling the story about the wise men and their gifts.

Now it’s our turn to share Jesus with the world, because there are people who have never heard, and people who have forgotten. God sent Jesus to the whole world. He came to save us from being sad and lonely. He came to teach us how to love each other. He came to show us how much God loves everyone.

Go! Tell it!

Good news!

Great joy!

Tonight in Bethlehem the Savior is born.

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5 thoughts on “Go! Tell It!”

  1. Oh, I think you just saved the Christmas pageant I’ve been trying to resurrect at my new church! This will work with what we’ve managed to “rehearse” so far – getting the sheep, shepherds, angels, wise guys and Holy Family in place for a final tableau, and learning “Away in a Manger” and “Go Tell it On the Mountain.” When we get to Lent, I promise to pay you back for this .. I have gobs of Lenten stuff. May I adapt this script a bit for our setting?

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