The chasm between the Church and the rest of the world is ever-widening, and this makes it difficult for us in the Church to bridge that chasm. Thankfully, Christmas, by its very nature, makes bridging that gap easier. The only problem, then, is figuring out the best way to bridge it.
This booklet was my church’s attempt to do just that.
Every year, on the Sunday evening before Christmas, we have a night of Christmas carols, by candlelight. Two years ago, we started to tie this night into our Christmas sermon series and brought in an over-arching theme. Last year, we used the themes of Advent to great success, and we immediately thought that we should share this resource with others.
So, what you have in your hand is a collection of the notes of three different individuals: one who organized the program, one who wrote the readings, and the other who wrote and delivered the sermon. We hope that, even if you detect our distinct voices, you’ll still find the unity of the themes presented.