According to God’s Word, in the Scripture in Luke 2 -1-20, a decree from Caesar Augustus had stated all the world should be taxed. It was made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to go to his own city to be registered and Joseph, who lived in Galilee, had to travel from the city of Nazareth to Judea to the city of David, which was called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David. He traveled there with his espoused wife who was a virgin, having been conceived by God to bear God’s Son. It was nearing the time of her delivery.
When the couple arrived in Bethlehem, they found there was no room in the inn because of all the travelers. The inn keeper told the young couple they could stay in the stable and that was where Jesus was born and that’s the real reason for Christmas, recorded in the Gospels of Luke and Mathew.
The children acted out vocally and in song the things that happened in Bethlehem that night so long ago. The cast included the tax collector, Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus and the shepherds. The other children were people on the street in Bethlehem. The background props represented the street and the stable. The performance took several months of preparation and practice by the children and directors, including Danielle Keith, Cindy Sears and Laura Eidens. The audience greatly enjoyed the magnificent performance.
Following the program, gifts and candy were passed out and Pastor Paul Sears and his wife Margie were thanked for the many years they have served the church and community and presented a gift from the church.
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Children from the Sherman First Baptist Church Children’s Christmas Program performed “Heaven on Earth” on Wednesday, Dec. 21. The cast consisted of, from left to right in row one: Alivia Graham; Leighanne Swan; Logan Swan; Derek Sears; Amanda Graham; Parker Gratto; Paul Majchrzak; Owen Gratto; and Landen Swan. From left to right in row two: Khloe Ayers; Erin Keith; Sarah Sears; Karagan Ayers; and Anivera Graham. From left to right in row three: Megan VanValkenburg; Claudia Gratto; and Sam VanValkenburg.