|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Celebrating Christmas”
Our Bible verse for today: “Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angels, praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people he favors! When the angels had left them and returned to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go straight to Bethlehem and see what has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.’ They hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby who was lying in the manager.” Luke 2:13-15 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Christmas is a time to worship Jesus.”
If we look closely at the nativity scene, in both the gospels of Matthew and Luke, we see that it was essentially a worship service. It started with the host of angels appearing to the shepherds and singing praises to God. (Okay, this didn’t actually occur at the site of the manager. It was in the fields outside of Bethlehem. Think of it as listening to praise music in your car on the way to church).
Then we see the shepherds arriving at the manger (church) and joining Mary and Joseph as they gazed in adoration at the baby Jesus. This was worship if ever there was any.
Then we learn in Matthew chapter two that wise men from the east also came to worship the Christ-child. (Actually they were late. Maybe as much as two years late. And by then the service had moved from the manger to a house. But at least they made it. They were like those Southern Baptists who come screeching into the church parking lot on smoking tires five minutes after the service has already started. They’re late but they’re there).
Christmas is a time to worship Jesus. At Oak Hill Baptist Church we have multiple Christmas worship services planned. This Sunday, October 16th, in our morning service beginning at 10:00, we will have a special Christmas program which will include the play “Christmas Hope”, along with lots of Christmas music and a special Christmas message. After the service we will have a potluck Christmas dinner in the fellowship hall.
On Sunday December 23rd we will have another Christmas worship service beginning at 10:00. And then on Christmas Eve at 5:00 we will have our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. If you are close to Cumberland County Tennessee we invite you to join us for all of those special events. If you are not close to us, then please be sure to attend services at a church near you because … Christmas is a time to worship Jesus.