This year, Christmas day falls on a Sunday. As soon as church families see this- the conundrum begins: to go to church or to stay home and enjoy the day with family. Some churches make this decision for us – they don’t offer a service, even if Christmas day is on a Sunday.
What will you do?
For my family- the answer was never a question. It has always been yes.
Yes, my family will be going to church on Christmas day.
Growing up, we always went to church when Christmas fell on a Sunday. It really prolonged the day – but I always enjoyed when Christmas was on a Sunday. I liked the longer day to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Yet, I was shocked when it rolled around this year, to find so many people frustrated that their church was offering a service on Sunday.
Why would this Sunday be any different? Why wouldn’t we want to be in church celebrating the birth of Jesus?
I understand that many families do Christmas Eve services and that between the two, it is hard to be at family time. To me, I would miss Christmas Eve service, which is just a tradition, to be at church on Christmas Sunday.
So many are frustrated – and honestly, many churches are caving to the culture and closing their door on the one day a year when the importance of being open is greatest.
The purpose of Christmas is that Christ came on a rescue mission to save sinners. Shouldn’t we be preaching the gospel on the day we celebrate the gospel coming down?
Christmas should be about Worship
Yes, Christmas should be about worship. It is the day we celebrate Christ birth. It should be a day centered on the worship of Him.
Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with celebrating Christmas with family time. However, when Christmas falls on the one day we have set aside to worship Him – I think that needs to be our focus.
Even if that means opening presents on Christmas Eve, after lunch, or even on December 26.
Our kids are watching. They are looking to see what kind of importance we will place – both on Jesus and on Worship.
This post isn’t meant to cast judgment, but to give you a different perspective on the reason why you will find my church in our pew on Christmas Sunday.
Worshiping With My Life,