Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Christmas Eve Watchnight Service, 2012
Text: Matthew 2.1-23
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.
There are people who think that Christmas is a time for children. After all, they say, there’s a baby at the centre of the story. But tonight, as we heard all of Matthew’s version of the story, did you notice how many grown-ups appear? A child might be at the centre of the story, but it’s a story mostly about the doings of grown-ups.
Our reading begins, ‘Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the time when Herod was king’. And so the first grown-up we meet is Herod