Christmas, regrettably, can be a source of great stress for churches as they work hard every year to provide meaningful worship services for the holiday. The tension rests between making sure to hit all the traditional notes while creating a fresh experience each year.
First Christmas is a 6-part video series that depicts biblical characters such as Joseph, Mary, and the Innkeeper telling the Christmas story from their own perspectives. Gifts of Christmas is a five-part series designed to “…help your congregation enter the Christmas season with hearts overflowing with the love of God.”
Utilize Gifts of Christmas during the Christmas season to help teach your congregation and to shepherd them through Advent. It’s also a great tool to promote your Christmas Eve services. Next, use First Christmas during your Christmas Eve Service.
Our friends at SermonSpice And WorshipHouse have created a sample order of service for Christmas Eve that can help you see how you could do this to create a different, but wonderful, service that truly celebrates Jesus entering our world. Note that the service template does not include specific songs, but rather has a good suggestion of where you could place them in your service.
Christmas Eve Service
Scripture Reading: Luke 1:5-17
First Christmas: Elizabeth
Scripture Reading: Luke 1: 26-33
First Christmas: Mary
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-22
First Christmas: Joseph
Scripture Reading: Luke 2:1-7
First Christmas: Innkeeper
Scripture Reading: Luke 2:8-14
First Christmas: Shepherd
Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:1-12
First Christmas: Wise Man