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Shepherds worship Jesus

This Christmas Eve the Revd John Proctor, the United Reformed Church’s General Secretary, turns to Luke's account of the outcast and overlooked shepherds

There were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
Luke 2:8 NRSV

Shepherds lived on the edge – the edge of town where the land opens up; the edge of the desert with just enough grass to support sheep; the edge between settled life and not quite belonging. And for these Bethlehem shepherds, the edge of a wonderful moment in history.

Shepherds came to Jesus that night – from the edge into Bethlehem, from the fields to Mary and Joseph, from work to worship.

Read more: On the edge

Churches and Christian agencies in Italy have worked out an agreement to provide refugees in the Middle East and North Africa safe entry to Italy.

Christian organisations led by the Roman Catholic community Sant’Egidio and the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI) will contribute 1.2 million euros to the initial effort.

Read more: Italian Christians establish safe Mediterranean passageways for refugees