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A Special Gift with Special Names

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Message

Text:  Matthew 1:18-25

“That’s not what I wanted dad!”  “Yes it is, son.  You wanted a new pair of blue shorts for Christmas.”  “Yeah.  But I wanted Nike shorts, dad.  These are made by Target.”

“Mom!  I didn’t want a doll for Christmas.  I wanted a Barbie doll for Christmas!  Argh!  It’s not the same!”

Isn’t it amazing how finicky and fickle children can become when it comes to Christmas presents?  Rather than being thankful that they receive any gifts at all, they can become demanding for special gifts with special names.  It can’t be any old hand held video game.  It has to be a Nintendo DS.  It can’t be any old toy or puzzle. It has to be made by Mattel or the Disney Corporation.  And don’t even dare buying a car unless it’s Lightning McQueen or an action figure if it’s not Buzz Lightyear!

But do we change when we become older?  Somehow we think shoes won’t run as fast if they aren’t Nikes.  Meat won’t taste as good if it’s Walmart Big Value brand and not Boar’s Head or Oscar Mayer.  And I’m still trying to figure out how my wife can try to convince me a purse will hold things better if it has the name Gucci or Prada.  Read the rest of this entry

Sing With the Angels on Christmas

Christmas Message on Christmas Eve

What would Christmas be without singing?  Who doesn’t like Christmas songs?  Chestnuts roasting on the open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your noseI’ll be home for Christmas, you can count on meWe wish you a merry Christmas, we wish you a merry Christmas, we wish you a merry Christmas, and a Happy New YearJingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way.  Whether its Bing Crosby, Josh Groban, or some other pop icon belting the classics, Christmas music puts you in the mood for family, for food, and for fun.

Of course, we love to sing in church on Christmas, too.  What would Christmas be if we didn’t sing Oh, come, all ye faithful, Away in a manger, Hark the herald angels sing, or Silent night?  These Christian hymns are so popular that even secular artists sing them at Christmas.  We do too.  Most people can’t wait to sing their favorites and then to hold a candle at the end of worship while singing Silent night.  What would Christmas be without singing?

I suppose it is appropriate that music and singing are such important parts of Christmas . . . Read the rest of this entry