For the second year in a row, the survey results for finding times for Christmas Eve services that work well for people in our church were clear about one thing: there is no time that is obviously the best.
Recognizing that no time would work for everybody, the Ministry of Spiritual Life Team decided to schedule two worship services this Christmas Eve, at 7:30 p.m. and at 11:00 p.m. The choir will sing at the 11:00 p.m. service.
The 7:30 p.m. service will include an “instant pageant.” “An ‘instant pageant’ is pretty much what it sounds like,” Pastor Jeff explained. “We will tell the Christmas story in word and song and people from the congregation, who will be recruited at the beginning of worship, will act it out. There are no lines to learn, or even say, since the ‘acting’ is all done as pantomime. Overly simply costumes are provided. It’s just a bunch of fun.”
Pastor Jeff’s message at the 11:00 p.m. service, “Watts All the Joy About?” does not have a typo in it. He says you’ll have to come to the service to find out why.
Pastor Jeff said that both services will include candle lighting. He also said that he would like to include children and youth in the leadership of the services, be that reading a lesson or making a special music offering. Parents are asked to let him know by December 10 if their kids want to help out.