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Live Nativity recreates Christmas story

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The live Nativity Saturday night in front of the Ocracoke United Methodist Church includes Bob the Ocracat.

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Dec. 25, 2016

Text and photos by Connie Leinbach

The live Christmas Nativity last night in front of the Ocracoke United Methodist Church on School Road included a surprise participant.

Bob, a grey tabby Ocracat, joined in with the parishioners recreating the evening Jesus of Nazareth was born.

Bob is the church-school cat, said Pastor Richard Bryant, who was portraying one of the three Wise Men.

To the delight of several onlookers, the cat jumped on a box behind Molly Worthy, 8, who portrayed Mary, and accepted repositioning for a photo from Barbara Adams, who portrayed Joseph.

Portraying two angels were Andrea Worthy, Molly’s mother, and Juliette Jordan.  In addition to Bryant, two more Worthy family members,Jackson, 12, and his dad John Worthy, completed the ensemble as the other two wise men.

“It’s a nontraditional take on the traditional crèche,” Bryant said about the tableaux. “It’s still sending the same message.”

New this year were the costumes, created by Adams.

“This year we had an upgrade after many years,” Bryant said.

The participants held their poses for an hour prior to the Christmas Eve service.

Julliette Jordan and Andrea Worthy portray angels.

Julliette Jordan and Andrea Worthy portray angels.

The Wise Men are Jackson Worthy, Richard Bryant and John Worthy.

The Wise Men are Jackson Worthy, Richard Bryant and John Worthy.

Bob the Ocracat joins in the live Nativity.

Bob the Ocracat joins in the live Nativity. Barbara Adams, left is Joseph, Molly Worthy is Mary and the three Wise Men at rear are Jackson Worthy, Richard Bryant and John Worthy.