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Desert Edge chapel youth present program

Hagen Bell plays an angel.
Madeline Simmons and Zayne Defa along with their faithful pony.
Lexie LeRoy Kehein Martinez, PJ Howa, and Sierra Edwards.
Madeline Simmons and Zayne Defa play the parts of Mary and Joseph.
Kehein Martinez, Lexie LeRoy, and PJ Howa.

By PATSY STODDARD
Editor

The youth of the Desert Edge Christian Chapel gathered together before Christmas to portray the birth of Christ in word and song. The event was complete with live animals that added to the program. The children performed the account of the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ.

The gospel according to Luke: In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and placed him in a manger, because there was no room available for them in the inn.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Desert Edge also celebrated the birth of Christ with a candlelight service on Christmas Eve.




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