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A Christmas Prayer
Gracious LORD, be the God of our Christmas celebration. We
rejoice with the shepherds over the good news of Jesus' birth. We join in the
praises of the angelic choir, saying: "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and
on earth peace among those whom God favors!"
Almighty God, you have favored us with the greatest gift ever
given--your only begotten Son, light of true light, God of rue God. May we
never take this your gift for granted; may our songs of praise never fade, and
may we treasure it in our hearts always and forever. Bless all of us here
gathered in worship as well as our loved ones at home. May peace and joy ring
in our hearts and reverberate through our communities tonight in the name of
Jesus the new-born King. Amen.
Christmas Eve Sermons:
Christmas Day Sermons:
for Christmas Eve:
Seeing a Great
Light (Candlelight Service)
based on Isaiah 9:2-7
Rev. Randy Quinn
Before I read the first scripture
lesson tonight, I want to ask that all of the lights in the
sanctuary be turned off. Not just turned down, I want them turned
off – even the organ lamps.
(I will wait until all of the lights
have been extinguished except the altar candles and the one Advent
Candle. Then I will move toward what little light the candles offer
It’s dark in here. But it doesn’t
matter how dark it is, we can still see the candles, can’t we? They
aren’t very big, but we can see them anyway.
There’s a mathematical formula to
describe the way the light from this candle is dispersed throughout
the room. It explains how my face reflects just a small amount of
that light and yours reflects even less. Without the scientific
explanation, however, we all know you can see this candle from
further away than I can use it to see you. So I always wonder about
the television shows that have the police officers holding a
flashlight near their face and pointing it in the direction they are
(I will hold up my flashlight and
shine it at the congregation.)
The truth is you can see me much
better than I can see you – at least you can see where I am because
I am holding a light and you are not. Later in our service, you will
also be holding a light. And we will be able to see you better than
you will see us because the glow of the candle will surround your
face, not ours.
When we do that, I want you to
remember the darkness that currently fills this room. (I will
shut off the flashlight.) And I want you to ponder what it must
have been like before the days of electricity when people sat up
late at night and pondered the things of God.
What was it like for the people of
Israel when Isaiah spoke to them? What did they think about when
they gathered together by candle light? When they heard about the
events of the world and the possibility that their nation was going
to become extinct because of poor leadership, what were their
biggest fears? What things did they hope for? And what did Isaiah
have to say to them? . . .
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Reflecting the Light
a sermon based on John 1:1-14 for Christmas Day
Rev. Brian K Eiss
Good morning, welcome, and Merry Christmas. It is not often that we have
the opportunity to celebrate Christmas Day and a Sunday morning at the
same time. We have spent a great deal of time preparing for today -
cookies, wrapping gifts, decorating. Together we hope that the world has
spent a little time preparing within for the coming of the Light of
Christ into our hearts. We begin today with a story.
Two cars were waiting at a stoplight. The light turned green, but the
man didn't notice it. A woman in the car behind him is watching traffic
pass around them. The woman begins pounding on her steering wheel and
yelling at the man to move. The man doesn't move. The woman is going
ballistic inside her car, ranting and raving at the man, pounding on her
steering wheel and dash.
The light turns yellow and the woman begins to blow the car horn, and
screams some choice words at the man. The man, looks up, sees the yellow
light and accelerates through the intersection just as the light turns
The woman is beside herself, screaming as she misses her chance to get
through the intersection. As she is still in mid-rant she hears a tap on
her window and looks up into the barrel of a gun held by a very
serious-looking policeman. The policeman tells her to shut off her car
while keeping both hands in sight. She complies, speechless at what is
happening. After she shuts off the engine, the policeman orders her to
exit her car with her hands up. She gets out of the car and he orders
her to turn and place her hands on her car, then handcuffs her and takes
her to the police station where she is fingerprinted, photographed,
searched, booked, and placed in a cell.
After a couple of hours, she is let out of the cell and escorted back to
the booking desk where the original officer is waiting with her personal
effects. He says, "I'm really sorry for this mistake. But, you see, I
pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping the
guy off in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the
'Choose Life' license plate holder, the 'What Would Jesus Do?' bumper
sticker, the 'Follow Me to Sunday School' bumper sticker, and the chrome
plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk. Naturally I assumed you had
stolen the car from a real Christian."
. . . .
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