Greetings to you!
Last year I preached what I believe to be a unique Advent series at the congregations I serve. The idea can be found here in a newsletter article, but to summarize, the series looks at the 4 animals that are in most Nativity Scenes. While there is no historical reasoning for these 4, nor are any animals specifically mentioned in St. Matthew 1 or St. Luke 2, the series examines how each of these animals point us in their own unique way to the Christ child who lies in the manger.
Here is an outline of the series, as well as the sermons:
Advent 1 – The Cow
Advent 2 – The Donkey
Advent 3 – The Camel
Advent 4 or Christmas Eve/Day – The Sheep
I pray that this series would be a blessing to you and to your congregations as we anticipate the annual celebration of the birth of the Christ child.
Pastor Michael Schmidt