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The magician tells how God delivered the Good News of the birth of Jesus. He cuts an angel shape from a sheet of newspaper, then multiplies it to a long string of angels. Then he produces a large star from the clippings.
Take a full-sized double sheet of newspaper. The measurements given are for an open sheet sized 28" x 22". If you use a paper of a different size, adjust the measurements accordingly. Fold vertically to display one page.
Measure 7 3/8" from the vertical fold and mark point A. Fold point B (the top of the vertical fold) to point A and crease. This should make a angle of 36 degrees at point C. Fold so that crease C-D lies on top of C-A. Then fold back along C-A.
Cut according to the pattern shown at the left. Do not cut the end of the wings. The pattern produces a ring of five angels, connected at the wing tips. The triangle at the top becomes the star. After the pattern is cut out, it can be opened to show one angel. By tearing the point where two angel wings come together you can spread out the two torn ends and display a chain of five angels.
To download the pattern Click Here and save to a .gif file. Then you can print the file from your graphics browser. Prepare your paper ahead of time by pre-folding it and tracing the pattern on the paper with a pencil.
(Show newspaper). If you had good news to tell a lot of people, how would you do it? (Start folding & cutting.) You could use newspapers, radio, television or billboards, but what if none of those were available? Before any of those things were invented, people sent messengers. And when God had a very special message to tell the world, he sent his messenger, an angel. (Open to show one angel.) First the angel came to Mary to tell her the good news that she had been chosen to be the mother of the promised Savior. And the night Jesus was born, an angel came to the shepherds near by and said, "Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you. Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel"
|(Spread out the chain of 5 angels)|
"a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.' "
God had more people to tell the good news to. A long way to the east there were people looking for the promised king of the Jews. (Unfold star.) God sent them a special message by sending a star that led them right to the place where Jesus was, and they brought their precious gifts and bowed down to worship him. Today almost everbody knows the story of that first Christmas, But many people don't know that Jesus was God Himself, who came to live among us and to pay the penalty for our sins so that we can be saved. Those of us who know this Good News should go and share it with others so they can experience the real joy of Christmas.
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