The Feast of the Nativity is upon us!
That’s right! That night and day celebrated across the globe by the Church universal as the event of all events, second only to the Triduum—the Holy “Three Days” of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter.
As you know, Christmas Day is this Sunday, and with that we’ll keep to our regular worship schedule of 9:30 AM. I mentioned in the last email newsletter that I was wondering what attendance might be like this Sunday. I say that only because while Christmas Eve services are sure to be well attended, the actual festival day is often a bit thin. I pray you’ll make time to be in worship. In contrast to my words, I just saw a note from a fairly popular Christian author saying that he was thankful to all the Christian churches that were cancelling their Christmas Day services this Sunday. Being a pastor’s kid, he was saying that he was glad the pastors would be able to skip worship for once and find time to celebrate Christmas like everyone else.
Um. Uh… What?
Okay, I get what he thinks he’s trying to say, but he seems to have completely missed the purpose for worship by saying it. In fact, his words make it sound like time with Jesus in worship can sometimes be an inconvenience, that it has the potential for getting in the way of more important things—like time with family. As nice as that sounds, it is completely wrong and misses the mark of concern by a mile.
How about this instead? A friend of mine from back in my seminary days, Reverend Hans Fiene, he wrote a note just as recently saying that if your church doesn’t have a service on Christmas Day, transfer to one that does. Period.
I whole heartedly agree. So, if you have any friends looking for a Christ-centered celebration of the Nativity on the actual day, tell them about that church on the north side of M-59 just a little east of Fenton Road. Yeah, the one at 13667 W. Highland Road in Hartland. Not only have I heard that it’s a very friendly place, but I’ve heard that they’ve never closed their doors on a scheduled worship opportunity in 62 years. They’re pretty serious about what they do in that place—very mindful of their time with Christ.