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Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Sermon Resources

In addition to checking out the sermon planning resources below, make sure to take a look at our list of contemporary Christian Christmas songs. Need more help? Feeling overwhelmed? Looking for some contemporary worship planning tips and/or ideas that might be adaptable to your worship setting?

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Saturday, December 24, 2011, Christmas Eve B

Isaiah 9:2-7

This poem was most like writing in response to a foreign invasion. In a dismal present, Isaiah holds out promise. The prediction of a child’s birth, carrying on the David line, is a sign of God’s ongoing presence with God’s people—even in a dismal present.

Christmas and Christmas Eve Sermons“Those who have walked in great darkness” were those who had consulted forbidden “religious” practices like summoning the dead and fortunetellers and those who had made foreign alliances, expecting politics to insure their future rather than God.

This could be a time to talk about the darkness of those of our own time—all the ways we try to insure our futures apart from God. “Deep darkness” is literally “death-shadow;” who are the nearly dead among us—those whom have given up on life?

Titus 2:11-14

“Bringing salvation to all”—this epistle reminds us that Christmas is for all: the weekly faithful, those who only come on Christmas Eve, and even those who won’t bother with worship on Christmas Eve or any other time for that matter.

In addition to grace’s role in our justification, grace is also present for teaching and instruction. Jesus’ arrival (the gift of grace) is intended to re-order our lives (as happens with all babies’ births).

Luke 2:1-20

Luke wants readers to be aware of the confrontation nature of Jesus’ arrival with regard to Caesar Augustus. A humble manger confronts the seat of power in Rome; the Peace spoken by angels to shepherds confronts the Pax Romana; Augustus wishes to exercise his authority by counting when it is Jesus’ authority that counts.

Heavenly angels impart their message to the shepherds. The shepherds become earthly emissaries in the same way that angels were heavenly ones.
The offensiveness of the feeding trough ought not get lost, just as the offensiveness of the Cross ought not be lost. Jesus works on the margins when he begins life; Jesus works on the margins when he ends life. Born among animals, died among criminals. First visited by shepherds, last seen with fishermen.

Sunday, December 25, 2011, Christmas Day B

Isaiah 52:7-10

How beautiful the feet—this will need some translation for our time and culture. Originally, a messenger would be sent back from the front to village with good news that the general and his army had won. The imagery is of a runner sprinting across an open countryside and the people see him coming, anticipating his message. We can instant message from the front—how beautiful the thumbs of the messenger?..

Hebrews 1:1-4

Some scholars suggest that this is one of the first “creeds” used by the earliest Christians.

Jesus is the exact imprint of God—both a mirror that reflects God into the created order and a duplication of God’s self in human form.

The new-born baby—the Word made flesh—sustains ALL things (Greek “cosmos”). Jesus’ work remakes and sustains all creation. ALL things are set right through the Christ.

Luke 2:1-20

“Mary treasured these things in her heart” is better translated as “coming to the right interpretation” of the events. After the spectacle and romance of Christmas is over, do we come to the right interpretation of the events?

The shepherds returned to their appointed spots. They returned with great joy and good news. Presumably, they returned telling others. Now begins the time of returning to our appointed spots. Christmas vacations draw to a close. As this happens, will we still be filled with great joy and good news? More importantly, will we tell others when we return? Will our feet be beautiful?

 

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a field guide to contemporary worship

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