Christmas Sermon Series – Open It

Have you ever given a gift you couldn’t wait for the other person to open?  It’s the perfect gift.  It’s what they want, what they need and maybe was even a sacrifice for you to give. But when you love someone the sacrifice is worth it to give the right gift. And when you give THAT gift you put it in their hands with a smile and say, “Open it!” At Christmas we celebrate the gift God has given us in his Son, Jesus. It’s a gift he wants us to open. But how do we do that? This Christmas let’s fully receive God’s gift. Let’s “Open It!” 

December 1-2 What God Gave, Matthew 1:1-17; Hebrews 4:14-16; Hebrews 10:19-20 
Sometimes you get a gift and you don’t really know what it is or why you need it. But when someone who knows you well gives you such a gift you pay attention. No body knows you better than God. And He has give us the Son. This week we learn who he is and why we need him. 
December 8-9 Is this for me? Luke 2:8-20 Arrest These Merry Gentlemen Kids Musical
When the angel said, “Unto you…” the shepherds believed it. If you want to open God’s gift you have to make it personal. This week we let a bunch of shepherds show us what it looks like to see God’s gift and ask, “Is this for me?” 
December 15-16 Join the Adventure, Matthew 1:18-25 & Luke 1:26-38 
Not all gifts are equal. Some gifts you re-gift, some you store, some you use. Mostly it’s about how it fits your lifestyle. But God’s gift is different. It’s a gift that will change your lifestyle. It’s an invitation into an adventure with God. This week Joseph and Mary show us how to open the gift and join God’s adventure. 

December 22-23 Declare your allegiance, Matthew 1:1-18 
The gift of Christmas is personal but it’s is not private. When we open this gift we declare to God and to the world whose we are. And this is God’s intention so that others will have his gift placed in their lap. We need to be ready for the various responses we will receive. This week Joseph, Mary and the Magi show us how to declare our allegiance. 
December 24 Enjoy God’s Love, Luke 2:1-20

Christmas Eve Services 2:00, 3:30, 5:00pm
(childcare for birth-age 3)
Most of all, the gift is to be enjoyed. After all, it is “good news of great joy which shall be for all people”. Tonight, Christmas Eve we pause to enjoy the gift of God’s love for us in Christ. We will worship with the angels, reflect with Mary and share the good news like the shepherds. Most of all we will bask the love of God for us.