Skip to main content

Are we having service on Christmas day? DUH.

A lot of churches are closed today.

How crazy!

Not us.  We're anticipating celebrating the birthday of the King today!

I know some people want to go to church today but can't go to their own church where they are a member because the leadership of the church made a choice to close today. I feel sorry for those people and have encouraged them to go visit another church in their area that's open today.

It's interesting, that some Christians and even pastors fight the whole "happy holidays" versus "Merry Christmas" yet many of those same people stay home from church today or even made a decision to close.  That's really where the rubber meets the road for me.  How strong IS your faith? Just strong enough to complain about "Christmas" being misaligned by some store clerk telling you happy holidays?  That's pretty weak.  By the way, the word holiday derives from the term "holy day" which is exactly what we are celebrating -- a holy day.  Christ-mass.  A service, for Christ - a holy day.

I don't shy away from telling anybody Merry Christmas. I tell co-workers, job seekers, store clerks, and passers by.  Whether they celebrate it or not, if they are not mature enough to have their big boy or girl panties on and hear it without a meltdown, it's probably time to get them a gift certificate for some therapy instead of a Starbucks card.  This is Christmas time -- we've always celebrated Christmas in America and it doesn't seem to have affected anybody's sensitivities until recent years when all of a sudden it seemed to matter to some people who got loud about it. As Buddy said in Elf, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing nice and loud for all to hear.  So just get louder than these super-sensitives.  I keep saying Christmas tree no matter how many times I hear the words holiday tree.  I keep saying Christmas Concert no matter how many times teachers call it a  Winter Concert.  This is Christmas time. If that bothers you, put a little mistletoe in your pipe and smoke it. ;P



Last Saturday someone called me and said, "I'll only take a moment of your time, I know you're probably busy getting ready for your Christmas program tomorrow."

"Nope," I said, "it's not tomorrow."

"Oh really? So it was last week?"

"Nope. Wrong again."

"So you're not having one?"

"Yes we are...on Christmas day."

"Okkkaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyy," was their response.  Then a moment of silence. They couldn't believe it.  They were shocked. Yes, not only are we having church but today is our Christmas program!  We're featuring special music by the kids choir, teen ensemble, adult choir, solos, duets, and a special message from my husband.

Are we open today at Celebration?  You better believe it. 

Merry Christmas everybody!

*Photos in this post from the Christmas Eve Communion at Celebration Church.

Comments

Grace said…
Merry Christmas to you, too! Celebrating the ONE who makes it all possible!

Popular posts from this blog

Relevant Church doing something...

incredibly RELEVANT!

I just heard some news today that really inspired me. A church here in Tampa, Relevant Church is doing a new thing this month called the "30 Days Sex Challenge." (I've never visited the church but Pastor Trinity - our children's pastor - has visited or has met some people from this church and he was very impressed.) Realizing that this is a major element missing from some marriages (the frequency factor) their lead pastor, Paul Wirth, has issued a challenge for all the married couples to have sex for 30 days in a row. At the same time he has issued a challenge for all unmarrieds to completely abstain from sex. Of course we know the Bible says that those who are unmarried should not have sex in the first place but the point is, a lot of unmarried's aren't obeying the Lord's command to abstain and this is just one pastor's way of trying to get them to see that indeed, there is a better way! (God's way!) At the same time, many married couples are no

This Could Have Ruined Everything... (But It Didn't!)

 No one would ever guess what happened to me this weekend in Jacksonville, Florida...so I'm going to tell you. :) As I was preaching at the Fearless Tour at New Hope Assembly of God this weekend,  I got choked up, literally. For probably 2-3 minutes I coughed profusely and greatly struggled. Then I drank some water and kept preaching. Everyone was gracious to give me a few moments to get my bearings. If you were there, you'll remember it! What no one realized at the time was that I swallowed a bug that flew right in while I was preaching! So disgusting! I said nothing because I was at a point in the sermon where I was really connecting and I knew if I said, "I swallowed a bug," everyone would either laugh profusely or be really concerned, or start feeling sorry for me.  And at that point whey wouldn't be thinking about the message anymore, but the fact that I had just swallowed a bug. They would then imagine what it would be like, and feel grossed out which

What Verbal Abuse is Really Like, and Why We Must Care
Guest Post: Terri von Wood

In my speaking travels, I meet the most amazing people. Some are connections that go beyond just a night or a weekend of preac hing. One day on my journey, I met Terri von Wood, and we immediately clicked and have been friends ever since.  Just a reminder that all of our guest bloggers this week are available to chat with you in the comment section here on the blog or on my facebook page where the blog is also published.   *** People who have never suffered through or witnessed abuse (including pastors) often don't know how to help women in abusive situations. Knowledge is power and it is my belief that if the church understood the prevalence of abuse, help would be made available.  First, we must acknowledge that the divorce rate is the same  in the church as in the world.  Second, we must understand that the 50% divorce rate does not include all the women who are abused but stay because they do not know what else to do or do not have anyone to turn to.  If those women we