Christmas is about worship

I think it is easy as a Christian to rail against the fact that Christmas has been stolen from Christians: the reason for the season is not the Christ-child but Christmas presents, staff parties, and arguments over “merry Christmas” versus “season greetings”.
Rather than become negative and critical, spending our time saying what we are against, I want to encourage us with a positive statement of the core of Christmas: intense and exuberant worship of the Christ-child.

  • Elizabeth worshipped

Luke 1:41-42 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby moved within her. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and said in a loud voice, “You are the most blessed of all women, and blessed is the child you will bear!

  • Zechariah worshipped

Luke 1:68 Let us praise the Lord, the God of Israel! He has come to the help of his people and has set them free. He has provided for us a mighty Saviour, a descendant of his servant David.

  •  The Angels worshipped

Luke 2:13 Suddenly a great army of heaven’s angels appeared with the angel, singing praises to God: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom he is pleased!”

  • The Shepherds worshipped

Luke 2:20 The shepherds went back, singing praises to God for all they had heard and seen; it had been just as the angel had told them.

  • The Magi worshipped

Matt 2:11 They went into the house, and when they saw the child with his mother Mary, they knelt down and worshiped him. They brought out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and presented them to him.

  • Mary worshipped

Luke 1:46-47 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour”

The foundation of a true and proper Christmas celebration is worship. Not singing songs but an attitude of heart, something that wells up from inside, whereby we are so filled with wonder and gratitude for what God has done for us. It is abandonment to God like David dancing before the Ark of the Covenant in his underwear in praise and adoration. It is ‘lost in wonder, love and praise’. This Christmas may we sing with renewed zeal the words of the great Christmas hymn:

O come let us adore him,
O come let us adore him,
O come let us adore him,
Christ the Lord

Our Christmas calendar

  • Children’s Church play and prize giving
    On Sunday 4th December at 9:15 in our morning service the children of our church will be putting on their play. We will also have some of the boys from Margeret’s House with us as we hand over the Christmas gifts we have collected.
  • Church family braai
    On Wednesday 7th December from 17:00 we will be celebrating community and fellowship at the Manse (89 Queen Victoria Road) with a braai. The cost is R35 per adult and R20 per child. If you haven’t book your spot yet speak to Ché!
  • Sunday service with the Lord’s Supper
    On Sunday 11th December we will have Communion (moved back one week because of the Children’s Church play).
  • Carol singing
    On Thursday 15th December at 17:00 we leave from the Manse (89 Queen Victoria Road) to go sing carols in a couple of local old age homes and to some of our members who cannot get out. What a great chance to give this Christmas!
  • Carols by candlelight
    On Sunday 18th December we host the annual Carols by Candlelight and picnic in Franklin Road Park (Corner of Franklin and Queen Victoria Roads). The picnic starts at 18:30 and the Carol singing starts at 19:30.
  • Christmas day service
    On Sunday 25th December celebrate the birth of Christ in this service at our church. Please remember that this service starts at 8.30 and not the normal 9:15
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