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By Rev. Mindy Meier
First Congregational Church 

Sermonette for Jan. 7, 2019


January 7, 2019

And all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

Luke 2:18

Among the people (and animals) in the Nativity, shepherds may be the most surprising.

In first century Palestine, shepherds were weird. They stunk of barn animals, they worked from sunup to sundown, always on call if a sheep should get separated from the pack. They were not Jewish insiders.

But an angel of the Lord appeared to them.

There aren’t many people who’ve had an angel show up, this clearly, and this well-documented. Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, yes. And to the shepherds. The angel’s greeting is alw...

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