Sunday Morning Christmas

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So did any of you all catch the kerfuffle on social media about churches cancelling their regularly scheduled Sunday morning services so people could play hooky and spend time loving their families instead?  {Yes, that is said tongue-in-cheek with a twinkly smile.}

Well, my heavens it provoked some pretty strong sentiments.  On all sides.  It got more tangled than last year’s light strands.  I made some comments and some folks found them helpful, so here’s a remix of them in case you might find them helpful as well.  For the next time Christmas comes on a Sunday or there is another such tangle:

“I see loads of people getting upset on Facebook about the fact some churches are cancelling services today because of Christmas. Um a few thoughts for friends here this situation is relevant to.

  1. You can’t cancel what you are.
  2. Nowhere in Scripture is a Sunday service mandated (gathering with other believers yes, but not the specific format we in the West have adopted).
  3. A gathering to celebrate Jesus might happen really nicely around your dinner table.
  4. Christmas may be the day we celebrate Jesus’ birth on the calendar year, but if you really want to throw Him a Birthday bash it is likely more accurate to do so in September.😉

Maybe a more productive discussion would be to talk honestly about what church and faith should look like 24-7-365 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year) not one day a week or one day a year.

So to you who want to worship with friends and family in a building called church, go for it. It will be beautiful. To those who want to worship Him in PJ pants with your family and pancakes, be free, snuggle in. You are loved and here’s to an incredible blessed Christmas near and far.

Personally, my favorite place ever to celebrate is under a mango tree 7611 miles away 🎄 or with my family here in Florida a tad bit closer … Wishing every one of you a wonderful holiday season filled with grace and wonder.”