Christmas Eve service is one of the most important services of the year. The reason for such importance is not because the message of the gospel is any different but because many people who are either unchurched, or consider themselves to be Christian but don't see weekly worship as a necessity suddenly appear. Therefore, this is a prime opportunity to warmly welcome them, tell them about the church, and invite them to return. Christmas Eve is one of the best opportunities to evangelize. People become more receptive to gospel matters and in some ways feel better about themselves for attending. Whatever their motivation for attending might be, as right or as wrong as it is, we will gladly welcome them.
I'd like to add one more thought to Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day worship for that matter. I know that some of you have long standing traditions where you gather with family instead of coming to worship. How about attending worship and bringing your family with you? Christmas Eve worship starts at 6 pm and will end by 7 pm. That leaves plenty of time to gather with loved ones for dinner afterwards. I know it may seem like a lot to ask, but I don't think it is. This is an opportunity for you to show others how important the church is, and to make it a priority for your children and grandchildren. We often talk about how we can make sacrifices for the gospel. Let's put it to action.
Ladies, final reminder that Laurie Hall is graciously hosting the Women's Christmas Party tonight. Also, this weekend is the final time to donate Christmas toys/supplies to families in need. You will see the display in the lobby.
Lastly for now, this weekend marks the official end of the college football season (praise God from whom all blessings flow). Bowl games are mostly a month away and the Jaguars are awful. Therefore, this is a great time to offer a reminder that we have two worship services: Saturday evenings at 6 pm, and Sunday mornings at 10:30 am. We have a particular desire to grow our Saturday evening service, so if you're willing to attend we'd love to have you. It is also best to arrive early enough to be in your seats by the start of the opening song. If you have children to check in, then please arrive earlier.
Grace and peace,