First Lutheran Church in Alexandria tells the story of Jesus with drive-through w/video

First Lutheran Church held a drive-through for its "The Living Nativity" on Sunday, Dec. 4.

A nativity scene at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria depicts Jesus Christ as a baby lying in a manger along with Mary, Joseph and angels.
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ALEXANDRIA — First Lutheran Church in Alexandria hosted its annual "The Living Nativity" on Sunday, Dec. 4.

To kick off the Christmas season, the church told Jesus' origin story through a sequence of five nativity scenes that event-goers viewed while driving by from the comfort of their vehicles.

Shepherds with their flock in a field who would be visited by an angel represented the third nativity scene out of five featured at "The Living Nativity" drive-through in Alexandria.
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The first scene depicted Luke 1:30-32, when Mary was visited by the angel who told her she would be the mother to the son of God, Jesus Christ.

Scene two went on to represent Luke 2:4-5 when Mary and her husband, Joseph, traveled from Nazareth in Galilee to Judea and then to Bethlehem, the town of David.

Scene three came from Luke 2:8-12 when an angel appeared to shepherds guarding their flock. It told them the Messiah will be born in the town of David.


The fourth scene continued the story with Luke 2:6-7 when Christ was born and placed in a manger because there was no room at the inn.

Signs explained what each scene represents at The Living Nativity.
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The final scene showed the "three wise men" following a star east to give the newborn child gold, frankincense and myrrh as told in Mathew 2:10-11. Following the fifth scene was a sign that read, "Wise men still seek him."

Music and narration rang out from speakers outside the church and through car radios when tuned to a specific station accompanied the scenes.

The free event took place on the south side of the church's parking lot from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Thalen Zimmerman of Alexandria joined the Echo Press team as a full-time reporter in Aug. 2021, after graduating from Bemidji State University with a bachelor of science degree in mass communication in May of 2021.
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