December Themes

Christmas Traditions

Your family may celebrate Christmas with the same traditions year after year. Or maybe the traditions have changed over the years, but you find great joy in remembering the way things used to be. During this season of Advent, as we approach Christmas, we will take a look at the Old Testament book of Isaiah and the Gospels. Here we find some reminders of old traditions, old promises, and old prophesy of the greatest gift ever given.

Wednesday December 1  @ 6:00pm - Choirs of Angels

You may hold great fondness for a tradition of caroling, singing, even participating in a Christmas choir. Imagine the experience it must have been for the shepherds when a multitude of angels appeared in the night sky. Imagine their response as those angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest” and told them to go to Bethlehem to find “the Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”          

Reading: Luke 2:8-14

Sunday December 5  - Peace on Earth

We may recall a day when the approaching Christmas season seemed to bring peace. Or at least we sang songs about it, or decorated with items that proclaimed it. Or maybe we simply recall a day, when things seemed more peaceful in our community, our homes or our own hearts. Our reading for today proclaims a day of true peace, when His peace is known.      

Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:36-44

Wednesday December 8  @ 6:00pm - A Manger Bed

Do you find comfort in decorating with a traditional manger scene? Does it cause you to recall old traditions? God’s Word invites us to recall the original scene. The shepherds were so overcome with excitement over this good news of great joy that they ran to find “Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.” That God would send His Son, once enthroned in heaven, to a lowly feeding trough shows the depth and richness of His love.           

Reading: Luke 2:15-20

Sunday December 12 - Christmas Spirit

Do you have traditions that “get you into” the Christmas spirit? Setting up the Christmas tree, baking, shopping, listening to Christmas music? In our reading for today we are reminded of the Spirit that fills the One that is to come. Instead of considering how we get into the spirit, we celebrate the Spirit that “gets into” us.           

Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12

Wednesday December 15  @ 6:00pm - A Bright Star

  Many enjoy traditions that surround enjoying Christmas lights. Imagine seeing a brilliant light that pierced the darkness of the night sky and shone down on the place where the Christ Child was. Wise men from the East would follow that star and come, bringing gifts, to worship this newborn King. We celebrate this season the Light of the World by giving gifts to one another as reflections of the Greatest Gift of all: Jesus Christ our Lord.           

Reading: Matthew 2:1-12

Sunday December 19 - Looking for a Christmas Miracle

Part of your family’s Christmas tradition might include doing something good for a person in need. People actually seem more eager this time of year to cross barriers that may have hindered a relationship with someone in need. Even here in this Old Testament reading, long before Jesus walked this earth, we find a description of the greatest miracle of all. We find the miracle of restoration brought to those in need.             

Readings: Isaiah 35:1-10, Matthew 11:2-15

Christmas Eve December 24  @ 6:00 & 11:00pm - Candlelight

A very powerful Christmas tradition involves candlelight. We come to a worship service like the one this evening, often recalling the years that have passed, or the songs that have been sung. Christmas traditions can bring much comfort, but don’t let the tradition of a candle overshadow the Light of the World Jesus Christ that has come to give you life.             

Readings: Isaiah 9:2-7, Luke 2:1-14

Christmas Day December 25 @ 10:00am - Family

One of the most comforting Christmas traditions includes time with family. Yet along with times in the comforting presence of our family, we also experience times without the comforting presence of family or beloved family members. The prophet Isaiah describes a gathering of the family of God. What a comfort our Savior brings, we will be gathered and called “The Holy People.” His family will be described as “The People Redeemed by the Lord.”               

Readings: Isaiah 62:10-12, Luke 2:1-14

Sunday December 26 - Forgetting

It is the first Sunday after Christmas, but we may have already moved on and left thoughts of the season in the past. Maybe it is a part of your tradition to clean up, pack up, and prepare for the New Year. In our Old Testament reading for today, we are reminded of the value, comfort and joy of taking the time to praise God. May we not so quickly forget the gift that He has given.             

Readings: Isaiah 63:7-14, Matthew 2:13-23