Scene 4: Angels visit the Shepherds in the FieldsKenwood Lutheran Church — 2720 Myers Avenue
Scripture Luke 2: 8-14 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and 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 heaven, and on earth peace among those whom God favors!” Artist’s Statement The story of the shepherds is quite unique since the very nature of the shepherd’s life is so very solitary. In the nativity it is these unlikely heralds that God uses to share the good news that God is in our midst. Immanuel: God with us. The shepherd’s terror at the appearance of the angel’s announcement become the triumphant acclamation of God’s savior born to take away our sin. The display hopefully captures a bit of both the terror and the sense of hopefulness that is at the heart of their story, as well as ours. A Shepherds Prayer Oh gracious God, the nights can be dark, silent and cold, but your love for us breaks in and shines it’s light to awaken and warm our hearts. May shepherds of every age both fear and proclaim your son’s birth and guide us into your son’s presence. May they give voice to the good news, that all people are loved and saved by your grace. Assure in us the hope that all may live under the gentle rule that brought the baby Jesus into our world. We ask this in Jesus name! Amen. Connect with Kenwood Kenwood is worshipping virtually these days, but there are many opportunities to participate in their ministry activities. Join us by checking our online schedule @ Kenwoodlutheran.org Have a blessed week and a wonderful Advent/Christmas season!