Scene 3


Bethlehem

Narrator: Now, at that time, the land they lived in was ruled by the Romans, who were mighty, but wicked rulers of an enormous empire. The chief ruler, a man named Caesar Augustus, was mean and greedy. He wanted to tax everyone in the land to raise money for himself and the Romans. So he issued a decree that every man shall return to the place of his birth so they could be counted for taxes.
Mary and Joseph walk slowly across stage while townspeople wander up and down the aisles going to be taxed.
Narrator: And so Joseph and Mary left Nazareth to return to the small village of Bethlehem, about 90 miles away, where Joseph had been born. It was a difficult journey across the hot land, but after six long days and nights, they finally reached Bethlehem. By then Mary was very tired and about to give birth. But Bethlehem was a small town now filled with many people. They could find no place to stay for the night.

Joseph and Mary proceed to a door and knock
Joseph: We have traveled a long way and my wife is pregnant and very tired. Is there any room at your inn?
Inkeeper:Sorry, No room, check with my brother down the street.
He ducks down and changes his hat
Joseph: We have traveled a long way and my wife is pregnant and very tired. Is there any room at your inn?
Inkeeper:Sorry, No room, check with my brother down the street.
He ducks down and changes his hat
Narrator: And so it was at every inn. Until at last…
Joseph: We have traveled a long way and my wife is pregnant and very tired. Is there any room at your inn?
Inkeeper:no room… hmmm but wait a minute maybe there’s something else? It isn’t much but it’s all I have…..
Joseph:Thank you sir for your kindness.

Mary and Joseph enter the stable and spread a blanket on the floor lying down to sleep
Congregation: O Little Town of Bethlehem H# 250 stage hands put animals in stable.
Narrator:That night, Jesus was born!

Mary walks to the front holding the baby wrapped in blankets, Joseph stands next to her. She places the baby in the manger.

Narrator:The Lord Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, the Everlasting Prince of Peace – for he is called all these things – was born to a simple carpenter and his wife. And to make the baby Jesus comfortable, Mary wrapped him in swaddling – clean strips of white cloth – and laid him down gently in the soft hay in the manger, the animals’ feeding box.

Congregation: Away in A Manger H#262