December 2, 9, 16, 23, 24, 25
Nothing says Christmas quite like Luke 2. Luke’s words have become the iconic way for Christians to celebrate the birth of Christ. But what if there were life-changing truths buried in these classic words? What if a second look renewed the love we first had for Jesus?
December 2 - The Christmas History
Many people view Christmas as a season of wishes, dreams, and heart-warming tales. Rudolph, Frosty, Tiny Tim, and other fictional figures give us hope and make us feel good. But the Christian story of Christmas is radically different. Luke’s investigation was about facts, not feelings. Luke 2 gives us the real people, real places, and real hope that we find in a real, historical Jesus. This message reminds us that Jesus’ birth actually happened, which is heart-warming news!
December 9 - Black Sheep
Christmas is a time when families gather, for better or for worse. Tense relationships are revealed. Sins come front and center. Which is what makes Luke 2 so incredible. The shepherds, infamous in the ancient world for their lack of character, are God’s first audience for Christmas. Angels bring good news of great joy to take away their fear and welcome them (and us) to the family of God.
December 16 - To: You
Few things are as exciting as finding a Christmas gift labeled To: (You). The label means someone thought about us. Someone loved. Someone searched for just the right gift. No passage proves God’s giving heart more than Luke 2:11, the classic summary of the Gift of Christmas.
December 23 - A Christmas Carol
There are many classic songs of the Christmas season but nothing quite matches the first song of Christmas, the song of the angels in Bethlehem. Their lyrics are few, but their meaning is profound. God’s favor. Peace on earth. Glory to Him on high!
December 24 - After Christmas (Service times: 4pm and 6pm)
Life slows down after Christmas. The season passes and the winter blues begin. But not on that first Christmas. The shepherds burst with good news blurted out to anyone who would listen. Mary treasured up the truths about her newborn son. People went home glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. What if we did the same?
December 25 - Beautiful Feet (9am at St. Peter campus)
I'll bet you've said to someone at some time in your life, "You have a beautiful smile," "You have a beautiful voice." "You have beautiful eyes." That's pretty common to say something like that. Once in awhile someone might say to someone, "You have beautiful feet." You probably know someone, woman or man, who has had a pedicure. Toe nails clipped. Polished and buffed. Foot massage. New color. . . . Beautiful feet. The prophet Isaiah spoke of beautiful feet. There was no pedicure though. Dusty feet. Worn sandals. Dirty toes. Yet those feet were more beautiful than the most expensive pedicure that could be purchased. Come to Christmas Day worship to hear about some of the most beautiful feet ever!