Sunday, December 24: Christmas
I hope you have had a blessed Advent season. This Sunday is Christmas Eve, and we are going to worship the newborn King in two separate worship services.
In the morning, we are going to look at “good news of great joy” in the Christmas story in Luke. At the beginning of Luke, the world was bleak. Israel was ruled by Rome. A puppet King Herod sat on a throne of lies and violence. The high priesthood was auctioned off to the highest bidder. The temple was a predatory lender more akin to a gambling den than a house of prayer. There wasn’t much cause for joy. All the evidence suggested that God had forgotten his people, and the world needed some good news.
We got that good news one night in Bethlehem.
It wasn’t immediately obvious that anything changed that night. Caesar still sat on the throne. The money changers still exploited people in the temple. Sin and death still reigned. But to those who were paying attention (shepherds, mostly), the curtains of heaven peeled back and God himself stepped onto the stage. The calendar of human history subtly changed from B.C. to AD, and hope was introduced.
Join us Sunday morning as we celebrate the birth of Jesus and remember the true King who has freed us from bondage to sin!
Then, in the evening, we will have our candlelight Christmas Eve service. We will reflect on the significance of the incarnation and worship God-made-human. Jesus took on humanity so that He might redeem humanity!
I can’t wait to worship with you! See you then!
Morning service times are at 9:00 & 11:00. If you can’t make it in person, you can watch live at those times.
Christmas Eve Services are at 3:30 and 5:00 p.m. They will not be streamed live.