Christmas 2017 Is Here!

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We rejoice that Christ is born to rescue us from the coming wrath, and know the fullness of His love!

Celebrating the Incarnation is always a joyous occasion, and we are praying for the Lord to make that true this year also! Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, and so our schedule will be:
9:00 Sunday School (note the early time start for rehearsal)
10:30 Worship

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The Christmas Eve program will be later that night. The musical prelude by the children begins at 6pm, with the program beginning at 6:30. (If your child is in the prelude, please have them at the church by 5:30.)

Our Christmas Day service is at 9am, consisting of worship (our Festival of Lessons & Carols service) and Holy Communion!

Lessons and Carols

Lessons_CarolsOn Christmas Day, we will hold our Festival of Lessons & Carols service.

In the typical “Battle for Christmas” banter, we hear a lot about keeping Christ in Christmas, and preserving Christmas as a Christian “holy day.” Jesus is the reason for the season, and all that.

But I think the far bigger battle for believers is keeping Christmas — and Christ — in Christianity. The true spirit of Christmas is something that most of our churches could use far more of, fifty-two Sundays a year. The trick is to cut through all the sentimental crap and grasp this holiday’s essential value for deepening our Christian faith.

The Lessons and Carols service reminds us of a basic interpretive key: Jesus is the center of the whole Bible, and that truth should guide how we read and apply these texts. Promise and fulfillment is the basic pattern of the Old and New Testaments of the Christian Bible. Jesus and his apostles viewed his coming as the fulfillment of centuries of promises delivered to the people of God, and the New Testament was written in support of this case. In an age of biblical illiteracy, we mustn’t underestimate the value of this simple lesson.

Lessons and Carols is a service of nine scripture readings, or “lessons,” interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols.

Read more about “Lessons & Carols” →

Christmas Cantata

Did you make it to our 2017 Cantata, Morning Star? If not, or if you simply want to relive the beautiful, God glorifying music again, check it out here.

Have you thought about inviting a friend, co-worker, or relative to worship the Lord of Christmas?! Forward this page to someone you are praying for, and invite them to have a truly Merry Christmas!

About blund

Brian J. Lund is minister of Word & Sacrament at Zion Evangelical & Reformed Church. You can follow him at his website or @BrianJLund.
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