22 Dec Christmas Eve Confession
Hello and Merry Christmas to you!
I have a little Christmas confession to make:
I used to maybe…kind of/sort of… not totally like Christmas Eve (sorry, I know!)
Not as a child (always loved it) not as a Christian (super loved it), but as a pastor.
I used to really have a hard time with Christmas Eve.
For several years, I struggled with trying to meet what I felt like were people’s expectations (most of which were likely not even true), trying to make it meaningful (as if I could do a better job than the Creator of Christmas), and trying to figure out how to make our time together on Christmas Eve worth it for all those who were serving and participating.
Then, a few years ago, something happened: I got an email (shocking, I know).
The email was from a woman who wanted to let me know that not only were she and her husband going to be there on Christmas Eve, but that their young adult son was coming with them. This was a really big deal, she said, because her son had walked away from God but had nonetheless reluctantly agreed to come with them to the Mosaic Christmas Eve service. And at the end, she closed with something like this:
I’m praying for you.
No pressure, right?
But actually, I loved it, and it helped clarify my vision of what Christmas Eve at Mosaic could and should be:
It should be, as the angels said to the shepherds in Luke 2:
Good news, of great joy, for all people.
That is, it can and should be a time of good news (the Gospel) and great joy (celebration) for all who come.
Recently, someone asked me (again), “Will this service be one I could invite my non-Christian friend or relative to?”
And without blinking, I said, YES.
This weekend will be one created especially with those kind of people in mind.
So, if you’re in town, please come, bring someone (or lots of someones with you), and remember these few things:
1. There will be no Sunday morning services on December 23rd…
2. …But we will have four identical Christmas candlelight services: Sunday at 3:30 pm and 5 pm, and Monday at 3:30 pm and 5 pm. And, in case you didn’t know…
3. …Childcare is available for Pre-K, and elementary kids on up will be with their parents. And, in order to help make the season bright for everyone…
4. We will have some Christmas cookies and coffee and cocoa in the lobby.
All that to say, I love Christmas Eve (again), and I can’t wait to spend part of it with you (on the 23rd or 24th, that is).
I’ll see you then!