Advent/Christmas Message
Delivered By
From Pastor David
Delivered On
December 1, 2020
Subject
Advent/Christmas Message
Description

Advent/Christmas Message

“...for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11).

With these words the angel announced to the shepherds the good news of the long awaited Messiah’s arrival. This season is a time to reflect upon the great love our heavenly Father has for us. He saw fit to send us His only Son to be born into this world and then Jesus was sacrificed for our sins. There is no greater gift than the gift of God’s only child. Jesus’ birth is a true celebration of the infinite love of our heavenly Father. The materialism that accompanies Christmas can make it challenging to keep our families focused on remembering the ‘reason for the season’. It takes forethought and planning to preserve the meaning of Christmas for our families.

Here are a few ideas on how to keep the spirit of Christmas alive for our families:

1. Decorate the Christmas tree together, but prior to putting on the star (or angel) and lighting the tree have a ‘tree dedication’ service. The children can be given candles to hold and a simple prayer can be shared such as, “This tree is a blessing to our home. It reminds us of all the beautiful things You have created. Let it, Lord, remind us of the Tree of Life You placed in the Garden of Eden, and of the tree that You made into the new Tree of Life, the cross of Christ.” Then read Titus 3:4-8.

2. Have a Christmas Manger. Consider drawing and coloring the manger and its’ contents with your children. Put the wise men across the room a week before Christmas and have them gradually approach the manger arriving on Christmas day. Put Mary and Joseph in the manger on Christmas Eve and put the Jesus figure in the manger on Christmas day (as opposed to having him there days or weeks before).

3. Before opening gifts on Christmas morning read the birth narrative (Luke chapter 2). Pairing a reading of the arrival of God’s gift with the receiving of other Christmas gifts helps children remember that gift giving is done to imitate what our heavenly Father gave us on Christmas day. Pause to recognize the special gifts God has brought to your family this year, and to recognize the special gifts each person brings to the family. And be sure to thank God for giving Jesus, the greatest Gift, on the first Christmas Day.

4. Read the birth narrative just prior to Christmas dinner. At the moment of the announcement of Jesus’ birth light a special ‘Christ candle’ in the center of the Christmas dinner table.

5. Attend Advent and Christmas Services at church and ask if you can assist in any way.

6. Give a gift to the church. Explain to your children that Christmas is Jesus birthday. When someone goes to a birthday party they bring a gift. This year bring a gift for the church in honor of Jesus’ birthday. May your Christmas be filled with the joy in the birth of our Savior. Merry Christmas! Pastor David