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A Christmas Family Worship Guide

WORSHIP THROUGH THE WORD

Pick one or more Scriptures to read:

Matthew 1:18 – 2:12

Luke 1:5 – 2:21

Isaiah 7:14

Isaiah 9:6

Isaiah 60:1-3

John 3:16

Galatians 4:4-7

WORSHIP THROUGH PRAYER

Possible prayer topics:

  • Thanks to God for sending Jesus
  • Prayer for the missionaries who are telling others about Jesus
  • Comfort for those who are grieving the loss of loved ones this Christmas
  • “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14)
  • Orphans and widows (James 1:27)

WORSHIP THROUGH TESTIMONY

Ideas:

> Have someone share their testimony of how they were born again.

> Share your favorite Christmas memory.

> Find an exciting Christian testimony on video (ex. www.iamsecond.com)

WORSHIP THROUGH SONG

Have someone lead a Christmas song with piano or guitar or a cappella. Or use a CD or a video from Youtube and sing along. Suggested songs:

“O Come All Ye Faithful”

“Joy to the World”

“ Go Tell It on the Mountain”

“O Holy Night”

After the Gifts Have Been Opened (A Christmas Reflection)

I’ve come to the conclusion that Christmas is unfair.

 

We’ve spent a lot of energy shopping for the perfect gifts for our children.

Our kids spent a lot of energy thinking about the perfect gifts for themselves.

 

We spent hundreds of dollars on gifts for our children.

Our kids are about to spend money that they got for Christmas.

 

For our kids, Christmas has been a wonderful, thrilling time.

For us, Christmas has been a stressful, tiring time.

 

But we did it joyfully…because we love them.

 

Yes, I am convinced that Christmas is unfair.

 

And that’s not so bad, because…

 

Our Heavenly Father spent a lot of time thinking about us.

We spent a lot of time thinking about ourselves.

 

Our Heavenly Father offered the perfect gift, His Son, for us.

We offered Him nothing but sin, shame, and brokenness.

 

Our Heavenly Father ordained His Son’s atoning death for us,

While we pridefully maintained our own innocence.

 

But He did it joyfully…because He loves us.

 

(c) Brett A. Maragni, 2013

My Lovely Valentine

"Behold, you are beautiful, my beloved!" - Song of Solomon 1.15

This is the 18th time I am able to proudly say that the beautiful lady standing beside me is my Valentine. In the summer of 1994 I was home from graduate school, visiting my parents in southern Illinois. After a week of vacation, I said goodbye to my parents and pulled out of the driveway in my little blue Honda CRX for the lonely twelve hour drive back to Fort Worth, Texas. As I drove away my prayer warrior mother cried out in her heart, “Lord, it’s time!” You might be thinking, time for what? Time for her son to meet “the one.” In a matter of weeks her prayers (plural because she had been praying for my future wife for several years) were answered.

Here’s how it happened. The last weekend of August I got a call from a buddy of mine who wanted me to go with him to a singles fellowship that evening at Southwayside Baptist Church. I didn’t really want to go. But Tim was persistent, saying, “Oh, come on man, who knows…you might even meet your future wife there tonight!” Who could walk away from an offer like that! I truly didn’t expect that to happen.

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