Come Let us Adore Him: Christmas Eve Candlelight and Lord's Supper Service
I look forward to this worship time every year, and the time is almost here! In the midst of Christmas Season, when it is so easy to lose Christ in the midst of the cultural clutter, the giftwrapping and shopping and all that comes with it, for me, for us as a family, for our church, this is a time to slow down and to reflect on the wonder of the Incarnation.
Each Christmas Eve we have a Christmas Eve Candlelight and Lord's Supper Service. Every year I am amazed by how quiet that night is, how, for a moment in time, people slow down, remember, consider, and worship the Lord Jesus Christ, who left the glories of heaven, to become one of us, to dwell among us, to live the life we could not live, perfectly obeying God the Father, and then, God the Son, willingly laying His life down for us that we might be reconciled to our Creator.
The Incarnation is the remarkable demonstration of the love of God, because the Lord Jesus Christ, God the Son, did not come to us to simply be an example or to give us 'spiritual and wise teachings,' rather He came to us to show us the way (He is the Way), the Truth (He is the Truth) and the Life (He is the Life), and to die for us, to take the punishment for our sins that we deserve, so that all who believe in Him, all who call on His Name, would be forgiven, cleansed, reconciled to the Father, adopted into the family of God, given a new life, become new creations, be justified.....what amazing love, grace and mercy!
That child in the manger came to save us.
This is the miracle of Christmas.
I hope to see you and your family, your friends, your neighbors, on Christmas Eve. Our service begins at 6:15 p.m. You will want to arrive a few minutes early to make sure you get a seat. We will gather together, quiet our souls, sing, reflect on the Scriptures and partake of the Lord's Supper.
One of the things that amazes me every year is how, as we move through the service, there is a growing sense of quiet, of peace, of stillness and of wonder as we worship in that hour. By the time we light our candles at the end of the service, and sing our closing song, there is that sense in which we better understand Jesus as our Peace, and we better understand the life we are called to in and through Him. As people file out of the building each Christmas Eve, I am struck by the joy, the smiles, the love, the beauty brought about by God's gracious presence with us.
I wonder how different we (and those around us would be), if we considered these Ultimate and Glorious Truths and Realities on a daily basis? Well, I would hazard to say, the world would be a much different place.
We hope to see you this Christmas Eve!
Come, Let us Adore Him!
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