Merry Christmas Parkside Family
"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more." Dr. Seuss, from How the Grinch Stole Christmas
For hundreds of years, the world has been in a culture war for ownership of the Christmas season and Christmas Day. Every year, it's the church vs. the big box retailer and Amazon! As we approach Christmas Day, I want to provide a different perspective on the possession of Christmas.
Think about this: Is our fight over the spirit of Christmas or the Spirit of Christ? While the spirit of Christmas is annual; the Spirit of Christ is eternal. The spirit of Christmas is sentimental. The Spirit of Christ is supernatural. The spirit of Christmas is a human product. The Spirit of Christ is Immanuel, God with us. The point is this: as important as Christmas is to many of us as a holiday, shouldn't it pale in comparison to who Christ is in us every day?! Something to think about as we approach Christmas Day...and the day after...and the day after that...and...
Christmas Eve @ Calvary Parkside: Join us at 10:30am for a special collaborative celebration, as we join with the Hispanic, Chinese, Korean churches, and Common Ground, for a multi-cultural Christmas experience. There will be music, scripture reading, and prayer delivered in Spanish, Korean, Mandarin and English. We will end our service with the traditional singing of Silent Night as we light candles in anticipation of the birth of Jesus! Please bring the whole family and don't forget to invite your friends and neighbors. The morning kicks-off at 10:00am with light snacks, followed by the service at 10:30am.
I hope to see you on Sunday!