Christmas on Sunday – Doubly-Blessed By Christ’s Presence

In case you haven’t checked your calendars lately, both Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays land on Sundays this year. The Christmas holiday still attracts more non-regular, church-attending Americans than any other season of the year. And with the rise of so many special seasonal services, the trend set early in the new millennia by some large churches was to cancel Sunday services when Christmas landed on Sunday. In spite of that, according to LifeWay Research, 9 out of 10 Protestant pastors say their churches will hold Sunday services on Christmas and New Year’s Day. And I want to affirm what we have already announced, along with 90% of evangelical churches, that we will be worshipping together on the Sunday mornings of Christmas and New Year’s in addition to the always special Christmas Eve candlelight service on December 24th.

Why? The clear message of Christmas is the miraculous and loving arrival of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, coming into our world physically to bring the hope of salvation to the world. Jesus in our midst physically. Emmanuel. Central to the gathering of the church each Sunday (the new day of resurrection), has been the Lord’s Table—the place where Jesus promised to make His presence known to us physically through bread and wine for spiritual nourishment. Emmanuel. As we gather together around the Table in faithfulness to Christ’s very invitation.

Please note, the holidays do invite an adjustment to our normal schedule:

Christmas Eve Service
Dec. 24, 6 pm
• Family-oriented
• Candlelight service
• Nursery and childcare up through age 3

Christmas Day Service
Dec. 25, 11 am
• Family-oriented
• In lieu of nursery, we welcome the extra noises and wiggles of children of all ages, reminding us in worship as a church family that we have been made children of God in Christ.

New Year’s Day Service
Jan. 1, 11 am
• Family-oriented
• In lieu of nursery, we welcome the extra noises and wiggles of children of all ages, reminding us in worship as a church family that we have been made children of God in Christ.

Celebrating together the coming of Christ’s Remarkable Love,

Keith Hileman
Pastor

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