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CHRISTmas

by on December 9, 2005

Time for a little editorializing: 

From the NY Times Article:


When Christmas Falls on Sunday, Megachurches Take the Day Off

Some of the nation’s most prominent megachurches have decided not to
hold worship services on the Sunday that coincides with Christmas Day,
a move that is generating controversy among evangelical Christians at a
time when many conservative groups are battling to “put the Christ back
in Christmas.”

Now. Where to start.  Well, our church (Orchard Valley) did have this discussion in our staff meeting.  Should we have church on Christmas Sunday?  If so, should it be a shortened service?  To what extent should we accomodate the busy schedule that most families face on Christmas day?  After much hemming and hawing, we decided that church must continue as usual, especially because it’s Christmas.  So, I understand the desire to be accomodating and the low pressure tactics that the mega churches seem to be adopting, but still.

Christmas is about Christ, is it not?  If we as Christians are supposed to be “salt and light”, how is this accomplished by closing church on what could be, short of Easter, the most important day of the Christian year?  This doesn’t make sense to me.  We should be viewing this occurence (which occurs only every 6 years, i did the math), as an opportunity to reach people, as opposed to a dilemma that needs to be solved.

At what point does seeker sensitivity become syncretism?

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2 Comments
  1. wow, i don’t know what you feel, but i feel it’s ridiculous. church should have worship service every sunday no matter what. even if 5 ppl show up, because some places the church congregation is only 5 ppl. there shouldn’t be any discussion about it at all

  2. ok…i think that if ppl are thinking that you need to always have worship on a Sunday. It’s a perpetual state of the heart, is it wrong to worship God on a Tuesday? Since when did Jesus say you always have to meet on a Sunday? =) If you want to be technical…Saturday is really the real day. In the end, I think that as believers sometimes we get so caught up in all our programs that we forget how to celebrate Christmas in a manner that is less harried and simple. Perhaps some time to spend with our non-believing friends would be good as well. Btw, Haven is doing a midnite Christmas Eve service so that people can spend time with their families on Christmas day. Come and join us!

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