Pastor’s Note – December 12, 2019

Schweitzer UMCPastor's Note


Christmas Eve is coming up. It’s one of the biggest days of the year for us as a church family. We’ll have thousands of people come and experience Christmas Eve with us, hundreds of those people will be first-time guests. To make Christmas Eve the best experience possible, I have three things I need you to do:

Christmas Eve is an incredible opportunity to invite people to church. We all know people who don’t have church families. Who can you invite to come with you to Christmas Eve? We will be distributing cards in worship that you can use to invite people. These cards have all our Christmas Eve information on there. You can also go on our Facebook and share the event, which is another great way to invite people.

We will have three services at 4:00, 6:00, and 8:00. These services are all the same (the choir will be at the 6:00, which is the only difference). Each service will have a mixture of modern and traditional music, communion, a sermon, and candle lighting. We’re doing this mixture of modern and traditional music for two reasons. One, we don’t want people to have to choose a time based on style. Two, we want to show guests the breadth of our church. We are not a church of one style and one approach and we want to highlight that great feature of our church.

We will have lots of guests on Christmas Eve. To make their experience as great as possible, we need lots of people to serve. The Christmas Eve experience is not just what happens in the sanctuary, it starts in the parking lot and the way we treat people from start to finish. If you are willing to serve on Christmas Eve, reply to this email and we’ll get in touch.

While prayer is listed last, it’s not the least important, it’s the most important. I have two specific things I want you to pray for:

  • For our church family to be bold with invitations.
  • For hearts to be open to the Lord and to hear and experience what God has for them.

I love Christmas Eve. This is one of the best nights of the year as we get to connect with so many folks who may not have a church home and may be living far from God. This hope-filled message of the birth of Jesus Christ is for everyone. It’s for you, it’s for me, it’s for all of us.

This Sunday is our cantata at 8:20, 9:40, and 11:00 (traditional). Our 11:00 modern service will be doing a modern lessons and carols service. You won’t want to miss.

This will be a great Sunday and I can’t wait to see you!