CHRISTMAS AND THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
English is a crazy language. You can write down 5 letters but only pronounce the first one: Queue.
Also, there is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger, neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England. Quicksand works slowly, boxing rings are square, and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
Noses run and feet smell.
A slim chance and a fat chance are the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites.
I can read the content of what I’ve just written, and not be content with that content!
We celebrate Christmas, but so many in our world know nothing about Christ! Christmas is all about "Christ" - the Lord Jesus; and "mas" - a service of worship. Earlier this week, when asked to give an invocation at a non church event, someone complained that I used the word Jesus!
It begs the question, “Is Christ in Christmas for us?” We celebrate holidays, but are they truly “holy days" for us? Are they holy days for our friends and family members?
I can think of no better way to keep the focus on Jesus than to prioritize inviting friends and family to attend our Candlelight Christmas Eve service. This is a beautiful, one-hour celebration of Christmas. We sing Christmas carols, watch a cool video, enjoy a brief devotion on Christmas Grace, and then cap it all off with the lighting of the candles and the singing of “Silent Night.” It is magical.
We have two services on Tuesday, December 24: The first one is at 3:30 p.m. This is especially geared for those who do not like to drive at night, or those who have travel plans for the evening. The next service is at 5:30 p.m. This service will conclude no later than 6:30 p.m., so there is plenty of time for Christmas Eve dinners. This year we will also feature a photo op background screen for family photos. We do offer nursery care for infants, but this service is geared for families to attend together, so there are no children’s programs.
Christians are by nature inviters. People are very open to receive an invitation to worship at Christmastime. I want to encourage you to invite someone to attend our Christmas Eve services with you (or any of our Sunday services before Christmas). Hopefully, this will lead to fuller discussions about the reason for the season, and perhaps other opportunities to worship together. We will have invitation cards for your convenience this Sunday.
God is at work in the world, and at work in the lives of people we know and love. God can use you to make a difference in someone else’s life.
Celebrating with you,