Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

The Christmas season has a way of sneaking up on us every year. The kids go back to school in September. Before you know it, we're making plans for Thanksgiving. And then suddenly, it’s Christmas.

Christmas may feel like a surprise to us, but it wasn’t a surprise for our Creator-King.

1 Peter 1:20 tells us that the Son of God incarnate was “foreknown before the foundation of the world” and “made manifest in the last times” for our sake. Talk about planning ahead! Before the world was even created, before you and I were created, God planned to redeem us through the person and work of Christ.

Without question, the light of salvation dawned in a radically new way the night Christ was born. But here’s what we tend to forget. God had been preparing the first Christmas for centuries (Luke 1:68-79). Promises and foreshadowings of a coming Messiah fill page after page of the Old Testament (Luke 24:27). In that sense, Christmas is both the start of something new and the fulfillment of something very old.

It's the “fulfillment of something old” aspect we tend to forget, and that is the very thing our annual Christmas Eve service is designed to help us remember. The nine Scripture readings or “lessons” draw primarily from the Old Testament. And the alternating carols help us respond with gratitude and anticipation at each step in the story.

So I invite you to join us this Sunday, December 24, from 6:30-7:30pm. Bring a plate of cookies to share afterward. Come and learn why Christmas is more than another holiday in the American calendar. It’s a delightful chapter in the best story the world has ever heard.

 - Matthew