Come To Church This Christmas!

come-sundayEvery few years churches are faced with a difficult question: Should we cancel church for Christmas?  There is no right or wrong answer.  There can be some very good reasons for canceling.  Some see it as a way to encourage families to honor Jesus by sharing the day together.   Others see it as “being lifestyle-friendly for people who are just very, very busy.”  

There are also compelling reasons to have services on Christmas. A recent article from Christianity Today called attention to the drawing power of the Christmas story.  The incarnation of Jesus draws people back and helps them connect with the core message of the Christian faith.  “It is amazing enough that God himself would become a man.  But because Jesus paid the ransom for people’s sins, His arrival became the birth of hope for all mankind.”

Scott McConnell, executive director of Lifeway Research, reports some interesting statistics concerning church attendance on Christmas.  They found:

  • 63 % of Americans say church going should be part of Christmas.
  • 60% say they usually show up for a church service for Christmas.

There was one statistic that caught my attention because it revealed a great opportunity:  “Among those who skip church at Christmas, 57% would accept an invitation to attend a service.”  A person may not give much attention to Jesus at all during the year, but something happens at Christmas time that causes them to see the beauty of God’s gift to the world.  Perhaps it’s the carols being sung, or the emphasis on love seen in the holiday movies.  Maybe it’s memories of a time when their own faith was alive or it could be the joy seen in the life of faith lived by others they have known.  Whatever the cause, more than half the people who will not be in church this Christmas would could if they were only invited.

Ask God if there is someone you need to invite to come to church with you this year.  Clear Lake Church of Christ is offering two wonderful opportunities: The Christmas Eve Candlelight service at 6 pm and the Christmas Day service at 10:30 am.  Perhaps this will be the season someone comes to know Jesus as Lord and Savior because you asked them to join you in worship.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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