Multicultural Worship

“Unto Us” nativity

Isaiah 9:6 contains the famous words, “Unto us a child is born. Unto us a son is given.” The question we are asking as we approach Christmas 2020 is… “Who is us?”

As you look at your church, who is “us”? As you look at your neighborhood, who is “us”? As you look at our country, who is “us”? As you look at the world in the midst of a pandemic, who is “us”? The “us” versus “them” mentality is strong these days.

The angels surprised outcast shepherds on the night of Jesus’ birth by announcing good news of great joy for all the people. “For unto you all is born this day in the city of David, a Savior which is Christ the Lord.” 

Who is the “us” to Jesus? Aren’t you glad His “us” includes you?

Now take a look at your nativity scenes… What do they say about who your “us” is? Is “us” only people who look and think like you? Sometimes it’s the simple things we do that can help remind us of what we really believe. If you believe that “us” is more than just people who look like you – could your nativity scene, and your celebration, and your worship show that?

This year we created the “Unto Us” multicultural nativity set to both ask and answer the important question, “Who is us?” Hand-made with love by the Proskuneo community, each character is painted a different skin tone and clothed in global fabrics. May this nativity set help you live into the reality that the angels introduced on that night so long ago. A Savior has been born unto you… unto us!

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