Someone recently asked why we weren’t having worship services on Christmas morning. That’s a great question. So, I wanted to take this opportunity to make sure you know & understand why we’re not having worship services on Christmas morning.
First, we’ve celebrated the birth of our Savior for years on two different weekends each December. The first is a Christmas celebration produced by our Worship Arts Ministry. This year, our Christmas celebration is different than anything we’ve done in years. We’re calling this celebration “Christmas at LifePoint.”
We have scheduled four opportunities for you to help someone take another step in their faith journey by inviting them to celebrate Christmas with you at this wonderful program. Christmas at LifePoint will be this Sunday morning at 9:30 am & 11:00 am and at 7:00 pm on both Sunday & Monday evenings. (Remember, no 8:15 service this Sunday). I hope you take advantage of this opportunity to invite your friends to celebrate Christmas with you.
We also have another opportunity to leverage the season to bring your friends & family to church. We have scheduled four Christmas Eve Communion Services, two at the Smyrna campus & two at the Stewarts Creek Campus at 3:30 pm & 5:00 pm. These communion services have served as our traditional Christmas services each year as we sing Christmas carols, present the Christmas message in a creative way & remember that Jesus was born to die by celebrating communion together. Again, this is a great opportunity to invite people to join you as you celebrate the real meaning of Christmas.
Studies reveal that most people will attend church if invited by a friend. I believe the probability of a positive response to an invitation to church increases exponentially at Christmas. So, please don’t miss these wonderful opportunities to leverage this season to help someone take another step in their faith journey by inviting to celebrate Christmas with you at one of these events over the next two weekends.
So, the first reason we decided not to have worship services on Christmas morning is because we put a lot of energy, time & money into these two Christmas celebrations two weeks leading up to Christmas, ending with our four Christmas Eve Communion services.
It takes an incredible amount of people to make a service happen at LifePoint. Because of the season and the demographic of our church, we’re generally left with a skeleton crew during the Christmas weekend as most people travel to celebrate Christmas with their family. So, to have a Christmas morning service would require many people to give up most of their Christmas Eve & then, a few hours later, arrive early on Christmas morning and not get back home until later that afternoon. We really didn’t feel we could ask our people to give up celebrating Christmas with their families on both Christmas Eve & Christmas morning in order to do basically the same thing on Christmas morning that we did on Christmas. So, thank you for valuing those who sacrifice much time & use their gifts so we can have amazing worship experiences each week of the year here at LifePoint.
The second reason we’re not having worship services on Christmas morning is because we wanted to leverage this time to help families have a family worship experience on this special morning. Our desire is to lead families to have family worship times together throughout the year. We know this can be intimidating for a dad or mom who has never led a devotional. Many think they aren’t gifted enough or not qualified to teach their children the Bible. So, we wanted to use this opportunity to help people realize how easy it is to read scripture & pray with your family.
We think Christmas will provide a higher motivation to gather family together & read the Christmas story & pray. If we can get a dad or single mom to do this & realize how easy it is to read & say a short prayer, maybe that will help them realize they can do this once a week throughout the year. If so, that’s better & more productive than any service we could have on Christmas morning.
We’re not leaving you alone to figure out what to do in your family worship time on Christmas morning. I’ve recorded a video that will be online & our next gen ministry staff has created some documents that will walk you step by step through this Christmas family worship time. You can pick them up in our next gen area or get them online at our website.
I hope this post has communicated two things. First, I hope you know & understand why we’re not doing a worship service on Christmas morning at LifePoint. Second, I hope you don’t miss the opportunity to leverage this season to invite your friends to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with you in one our Christmas celebrations over the next two weekends here at LifePoint.