Welcome, we’re so glad you’ve joined us for a journey to the manger. We hope these stations will allow time for you to fully appreciate Joseph’s and Mary’s personal journey to the manger. We want to challenge you to interact with the Holy Spirit as you consider what Jesus’s birth meant and how that birth initiated the world-changing events on the first Easter morning some thirty-three years later.

Over two thousand years ago, earth celebrated that first Christmas without today’s decorations or extravagance. Jesus’s birth was simple; Mary laid him in a manger—a basic animal trough made for feeding. Joseph and Mary didn’t have much, not even a predictable place to sleep. Yet, in the quiet, sleepy town, God incarnate arrived. One of Jesus’s titles, Immanuel, means God is with us—God began that day to do something different with humanity. God joined us where we are and God is still here; God is near! God continues to be present in our lives. May we still experience the first moments of joy that  filled Joseph’s and Mary’s hearts as the baby Jesus took his first breath.

Please, take your time between stations. We pray the Holy Spirit will speak to you through your journey to the manger. If we can be of any help, please let us know. You may email Pastor Matt with any comments, questions or suggestions at matt@hbcalive.org. If you don’t have a church home, please consider worshiping with us on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM or on Christmas Eve at 5:00 PM.