Friday, December 09, 2005

Putting the Christ Back Into Christmas

We have all heard the debate raging over corporate and retail America taking Christ out of Christmas, replacing the word "Christmas" with Holiday and the like.

But the Anchoress has an excellent discussion on a bunch of churches that seem to be promoting the same thing. Apparently there are many churches across the nation with plans to close on Christmas day, cancelling regular Sunday services to give families the time to celebrate the holiday at home.
I know, I know, "God is everywhere and we don't need to be in a church to worship Him..." gotcha. But we're supposed to be not simply "believers" but a "community" of believers, a "church." ... And what difference does it make whether Christmas falls on a Sunday or not? If community worship and fellowship is important enough to get you attending church all those other Sunday's why isn't it moreso, rather than less so, on Christmas Day?
Easter also falls on a Sunday, but these megachurches manage to open for that. Why not Christmas...it's the celebration of the Incarnation, without which there would be no Resurrection.
I remember having this discussion at our church the last time Christmas fell on a Sunday, and I still remember the surprise I felt at the number of people advocating the cancellation of services on this most holy of holy days. I am happy to report that our church will be open for full services Christmas morning, as well as what is becoming a much-anticipated tradition on Christmas Eve, a candlelight service of carols and prayer.

In all the hustle and bustle of this "magical" season, please do not forget the real super-natural reason for our celebrations. Christmas is the celebration of the human birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Without Him, there is no reason for celebrating. Without Him, there is no Life.

Have a Merry Christmas, and plan on spending it with Him.

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