While Shepherds Watched: The Bethlehem Shepherds
Worship Service 11:00 am
Bulletin: December 21, 2014
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
- Praise: Christians Awake! (lyrics & melody, video, band, history – bottom section, authorship)
- Preparation: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (lyrics & melody, video, pictorial, contemporary, background, 2, 3, meditation, 2)
- Response: Joy to the World! (lyrics & melody, video, flashmob, contemporary, background, 2,meditation)
Rev. Mark McKim
About two thousand years ago some shepherds outside Bethlehem were minding their own business, looking after their sheep. Then, suddenly, angels appeared proclaiming the news that the long awaited Messiah or Christ had been born.
Imagine how astonished – and terrified – they must have been!
Shepherds are part of the big story of God’s dealings with humanity across millenia as God works to restore and rescue his broken and hurting world. Over the last three Sundays we’ve thought about some of those shepherds – Abraham, Moses and David, but this Sunday we finally come to the shepherds outside Bethlehem.