The Christmas Story

The Birth of Jesus Foretold          (Luke 1:26-38)

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee,  to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.  The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.”

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.  Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month.  For no word from God will ever fail.”

I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

HYMN: O come, O come, Emmanel 

The Birth of Jesus  (Matthew 1:18-23 & Luke 2:4-7)

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.  Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.  He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

HYMN: Oh Little Town of Bethlehem


Angels appear to the shepherds    (Luke 2:8-20) 

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
Glory to God in the highest heaven,
                         and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.  But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

HYMN: Hark the Herald Angels Sing 


The Magi Visit the Messiah  (Matthew 2:1-12)

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod,Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
                      are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
                      for out of you will come a ruler
                      who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

HYMN: Joy to the World, the Lord has Come!

Car Share Recommendations for Residents

As of 1 Aug 2017, we will have 4 vehicles belonging to our residents and will need to clear a space at the back for the 4th vehicle.

Please be reminded that for the sake of peace and goodwill among our neighbours, please do not park overnight in front of anyone else’s house except our own.

We encourage car sharing at Warwick Suites and can recommend you join Modo which gives you the ability to share hundreds of different sports cars, SUVs, trucks and vans – without all the hassles of owning. And gas, insurance and toll bridges are free. All you need is a valid BC driver’s licence. If you are a new student, we encourage you to get a BC driver’s licence as soon as you can even if you do not intend to drive for the foreseeable future.

If you would like to join, please click this link.

The nearest vehicle is #837 (Honda Fit) parked 12 min walk from our site.

Please open a support ticket (for help) or email Modo’s local customer service team at, or give them a call at 604.685.1393.

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Modem : Hitron CGNM-2250 (Shaw Ultra-Hi Speed service)  150 Mbps (download) / 15 Mbps (Upload)

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1 Tb Monthly bandwidth (whole house quota) 125 Gb per person per month (max) – Downloading (via P2P / BitTorrent etc sharing), accessing & storing of illegal or copyrighted material strictly prohibited. The law will be enforced in this household.

All computers connecting to the internet must comply with existing network policies every few months (password is changed and re-registration will be required)

  1. Each user must submit the MAC addresses of all devices that attach to the Network and also indicate one device (usually phone/mobile device) that you want to connect to Free Shaw Open Wifi outside the home.
  2. Download and install bd_2017BitDefender Total Internet Security software for MAC  or PC and open a ticket for activation code ($15). If you would like a FREE version of antivirus, please see here for MAC or Windows.
  3. If requested, Email or attach to ticket  full results of the PC audit App (can be downloaded here) and Android audit App (accessed from here on your mobile device) for each PC and/or Android phone or tablet connecting to the network. For MACS OS, please submit unedited copy of the software section in the system information (apple menu in top left: About this Mac : more info); this  contains a list of all the software installed and can be exported to a text file. We need to ensure that you do not have any contraband software and you are responsible for ensuring that all licences and software are legal and that you have an up-to-date anti-virus program.
  4. Please read, understand and sign the provided network policies agreement here. You will not be allowed to connect to the network if you do not agree to policies.