Our friend, Gary Molander, has written a really great post on his blog about what people are really needing when they come to your Christmas Eve service: an opportunity to breathe. For most of us, Christmas Eve caps off a season of shopping, decorating, party after party, school concert after school concert, cookie exchange after cookie exchange… you get the point. The fact that you can get families to spend an hour or so with you the night before all of their in-laws descend upon their home is a testament to how powerful this story of a Baby Messiah born in Bethlehem is. And for those you do manage to pull away from couches or malls or last minute chores, you have an amazing opportunity to serve them by giving them a chance to breathe. Gary writes:
I promise that the good people in your church are most definitely not ready to gaze upon the newborn King as they collapse into their seats. Rather, they are desperate for someone to refocus their skewed vision, whether they can verbalize that or not. They need someone on the platform to offer them something no one else will offer them on this evening.
The post references a video that Floodgate Productions created for the very purpose of creating this kind of space. You can see it at WorshipHouse Media.
Gary has an over-sized heart for the church and those who create experiences for her (YOU!). Take a few moments to read his full post here.
What are you doing this Christmas Eve to provide a sanctuary from the crazy and the hectic?