- The Isaiah 7:10-16 passage mentions that the one named Immanuel will “eat curds and honey”. Set up a station that allows people to taste curds and honey as they contemplate this reading.
- The Isaiah reading indicates that the sign of the Lord will be a young woman who bears a child. Would we consider an un-wed pregnant teenager to be a sign from God? What sort of sign or signs are we expecting?
- The Matthew 1:18-25 text offers us a portion of the Christmas drama from the perspective of Joseph. You may want to consider offering the sermon as a first-person narrative (as Joseph). Or, if you would rather not pretend to be Joseph, you could present the story from the perspective of the Angel.
- The Psalm reading (Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19) could be read as a prayer offered in unison.
Prayer of Confession (inspired by Matthew 1:18-25)
Holy God, there are times when we shy away from your calling. Forgive us for wanting to wander from your ways when we are faced with challenges. Guide us, by your Spirit, to follow your will and celebrate your love for us all.
Prayer for Illumination (inspired by Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19)
Shepherding God, stir up your inspiration and guidance and save us by your Word. Shine your face on us as we hear your Word proclaimed, that we may be restored to you and have the gift of new life.