Comments: Priorities? What Priorities?

This church is not alone. There seems to be more support for this than you would imagine. I just asked a friend what he thought about this and he said, "I tried to get my church to do this, but my deacon board shot down the idea." His reasoning is that we don't go to church on Christmas whenever it falls on the other six days.

And that made me realize that the fact we (as in American Protestants) generally don't do church on Christmas is probably the single biggest contributor to the commercialization of Christmas.

If it's really a holy day, then we should be in church. How can you pretend to observe Christmas as a religious holiday and not go to church 6 out of 7 times?

Posted by Ryan DeBarr at December 6, 2005 11:07 PM

also discussed here:

Good points, both of you. I'm surprised to learn how few churches have a Christmas service during the week, let alone how many cancel on Sunday.

If any unchurched person decided to visit a church once to see what it was like, I imagine they'd assume Christmas would be a good time...

Posted by James Manley at December 7, 2005 11:35 AM

I would like to see churches have Christmas services -- not sure why so many don't. I think my biggest complaint is that it's a Sunday. I don't care what the holiday is, Sundays are the days that the Church celebrates the risen Savior. Christmas should enhance that celebration, not eliminate it.

Posted by Warren at December 7, 2005 06:47 PM

I'm a bit confused myself...being a burnt out worship leader, I was glad to, "skip Christmas," for a Sunday and just spend it at home...

Now I'm wondering what our churches motivation is for not having a service on Sunday.

That said, I remember the last Christmas Sunday service when I was a kid... I attended a very conservative/traditional church....very, and I mean very few people showed up....that was in what, 1990..what...

What to do?

Posted by C M S at December 17, 2005 05:51 AM

The main reason I've heard that churches are cancelling services on Christmas is that nobody will show up, or that numbers will be down. I think I'd shrug my shoulders and say "We'll be having services for whoever can and will come. We're going to be worshipping God."

That is what our motivation should be for having church. Shouldn't matter how many people show up, or how many don't.

Posted by Warren at December 17, 2005 10:01 AM
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