Skip to comments.Churches closed on Christmas!
Posted on 12/16/2005 5:33:00 AM PST by FerdieMurphy
I keep reading about churches that are going to be closed on Christmas day, which falls on a Sunday this year.
Whats up with that? The word Christmas comes from Christ mass, which is the Roman Catholic service, or mass, for celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas falling on a Sunday should be viewed as a special occasion, with people excitedly looking forward to going to church that particular day, not using it as an excuse to close the church doors.
Churches that are deciding to not hold services on Sunday, December 25th, are making a huge mistake. Now, I know the churches planning on not being open on Christmas Sunday are giving lots of justifications for their decision, including the following:
The church is supposed to be reaching out to the unbeliever, and if they wont come on a regular Sunday, they are less likely to come on Christmas.
The church should promote family, and Christmas as a time for family, not being in church.
Last time Christmas fell on a Sunday, people didnt come.
Getting help on that day will be hard, and wont be worth the effort, as we expect a low turn out.
These are all excuses. Cop-outs. They are not credible justifications for being closed on Sunday. Concerning the first excuse, I have to ask, What about CEO Christians (Christmas and Easter Only)? One of the few times of the year these nominal Christians may come to church, and the church doors are shut! This could be the year these people get serious about their faith and their salvation, and the church is skipping this opportunity to reach these folks.
The second excuse is simply ridiculous. What better place for a family to be together, especially on Christmas Sunday, than in their house of worship? Do these pastoral leaders think its more beneficial to the family to stay at home in their pajamas with bed head? The last two excuses are nothing less than a damning indictment of our churches today and the lack of faith of those who attend.
For crying out loud! Its going to be Christmas on Sunday! People should be flocking to their churches, not skipping out. The doors should not be closed, but thrown open so that not only can people get in, but so that those passing by can hear the joyous singing coming from inside from those celebrating what this special holiday is truly about.
Whats next? Are these churches going to start closing their doors when the 4th of July hits a Sunday? What about other holidays when they fall on a Sunday? Why not close on Super Bowl Sunday? We are headed down the road where churches will be open only nine months out of the year like schools (Hey, lets take the summer off from worshiping our Lord and Savior.). Closing the churches on Christmas Sunday this year is definitely a step in the wrong direction.
Parents, think of the precedent you are setting if you stay at home this Christmas Sunday. What are you teaching your kids? You say, Its just one Sunday, but your kids will get the message that playing hooky from church is okay, and it can grow to missing a lot, to not going at all. Is our commitment to our faith so weak that well bail from church attendance at the least inconvenience?
This shouldnt be viewed as an inconvenience, but a wonderful stroke of good fortune. I wouldnt want to be anywhere else but church when Christmas falls on a Sunday. To the church leaders who will be skipping church this December 25th, I say, Do as you wish, but you are jeopardizing your credibility as leaders in a House of God. How can you criticize a member for skipping out on Sunday services to go hunting during deer season, or fishing in the summer, if you pick such a significant day to skip out? As for my family and me, well still open presents and have a wonderful Christmas dinner, but well work our schedule around the true reason for the season and be at church on Sunday December 25th.
Many of the so-called "mainstream churches" are as complicit in this degredation of Christmas as are the greedy chain stores and the rest of the bah humbug gaggle.
Amen (no pun intended)
Most families will probably be out seeing that gay cowboy movie on Christmas....
Our church always has a wonderful Christmas eve service and now we also be having a service on Sunday...I am looking forward to that....I doubt there was even a discussion amongst our elders regarding this
The modern day version of "No room at the Inn"?
BTW, I'll be attending Mass on Christmas morning as I have done every Christmas morning of my existence.
Pope Benedict welcomes those who come regularly, those who come intermittently and those who only come on Christmas and Easter.
I've seen the 4pm Christmas Eve mass become the most popular as that's the service in which many parishes use to let the children act out the first Christmas.
Last year, our church had a delightful Christmas pageant. The deacon was telling the story in very plain language that even the 4, 5 and 6 year olds (in the pageant) could understand.
At one point he said "And the shepherds came"
No shepherds appeared.
He tried again. "And the shepherds came"
Again no shepherds.
Amused, he chuckled and asked "Where are those shepherds?"
Still no shepherds.
Brilliantly, he improvised "And the angel went down to get the shepherds"
Which she did. A little girl ran down the altar steps and grabbed the shepherds by the hand and led them to the "manger". LOL
The whole congregation burst out in laughter.
What a great service that was.
I am proud to say that my church, Bellevue Baptist in Memphis, will be holding services on Christmas morning.
If yours is closed, come join us!
I can and do...and anyone who takes offence can also take a flying leap...
These closings on Sunday are the second time in 11 years this has conflict has occured. That's what happens when Men concoct a holiday because Men think it's a good idea, and "violate the command of God with your traditions." And yet there will be many who will argue "it's for a good cause."
We'd be wise to remember, there is only One who is "good", and His "thoughts are not our thoughts", His "ways not our ways." The Catholic church, and by extension most Protestant groups, have presumed to assume a liberty we don't have. How will you rationalize that?
So you're saying that God is not happy with us for celebrating Christmas?
Better go early if you want a seat.
My husband had to call the public works office in our town yesterday, and was greeted by hello Merry Christmas. He was rendered almost speechless.
Yep. After all, there's nothing less threatening than a newborn baby; he's cute and harmless and demands nothing of us. The idea of a Savior being nailed to a cross for things we did -- and the associated spiritual obligations to obey Him -- are a lot less palatable to the feel-good pseudo-Christians.
I attend a small United Methodist church, one service per week. We always do a big beautiful, service on Christmas Eve, usually very well attended. I don't know if they will have a service the following morning this year.
Last time Christmas day was on Sunday, the church was open for those who wanted to come for meditation and prayer, but there was no service.
That was fine with me. I figured if I had a need to attend a service I would go to my old Catholic church which has mass every hour on sunday mornings.
Oh, good grief.
I don't have to physically be in a church to worship God or to celebrate the birth of Christ.
The celebration of Christ's birth on December 25th was a scam anyway, created to lure pagans to Christianity.
"Focus on the Family" replaces Focus on Jesus.
Nah the poor will have to suffer for one day maybe the aclu will help out with collections, what do you think.
Jesus is the reason for the season, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
I thought it was extremely funny when my pastor was asked if the church will be open on Christmas day, he replied
"Do you really want to tell Jesus you won't be here on His birthday? I can promise you, I'LL be here, even if it's just me and Him".
I always wish everyone on the phone a Merry Christmas (this time of year - no, not in July) If they don't like it they can get over it or it can stay in their minds and maybe the idea will find fertile soil and grow. The seed planting is my job. The rest is the Lord's.
Merry Christmas and a wish for a Wonderful New Year to everyone at and on FR.
Ask your pastor why he's celebrating it 3 months late. I bet that's even more funny.
I like your Pastor. Merry Christmas!
bump - reminds me of Jeroboam
Sunday is the Lord's Day...
Food for thought #1:
In the New Covenant of Christ, the Lord of the religious Sabbath has become the Lord of our primary relationship every day of the week. There is no hard legal requirement to ONLY worship on Sunday - NOR a similar legalistic requirement that we MUST convene EVERY Sunday.
The Christmas celebration is a wonderful tradition for our faith, recognizing God's unconditional love given to all mankind in Jesus Christ.
Food for thought #2:
The joyous celebration of Jesus isn't locked into any season of the year -- or particular days of the week (...or the year.) These seasons and days are important -- and give us useful traditions for spreading the Gospel.
Food for thought #3:
The Lord's ongoing invitation of reverence is found at the Communion Table and the in the waters of baptism. Our response as Christians is not at all limited to the sacred ordnances -- but in the WILLING giving of our hearts in worship, devotion, and obedience to Christ.
Food for thought #4:
Our ongoing devotion includes life and ministry within the family web of relationships -- Christmas is a very happy time to extend God's love given in Christ into our family relationships. The fun, food, and fellowship of giving and receiving gifts -- The unselfishness and generosity -- I respectfully submit -- therein is ALSO the heart of Christ on Christmas.
So to all who will join in singing the carols and rejoicing in the telling of the story of Messiah on Christmas Eve -- and remain home sharing God's love and goodness with your families on Christmas morning.... A BLESSED AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!
And to all who will postpone the gifts and the treats until after church or chapel on Christmas Sunday morning.... A BLESSED AND MERRY CHRISTMAS
I would finally offer that we are not degrading Christmas... or Christian tradition by sharing corporate worship on Christmas Eve.. and/or Christmas-Sunday-Morning.
May we please stop sending hurtful words against one another -- and against the Lord's church and His servants in Gospel ministry?
We serve the Living God.. in Christ... through relationships He made possible...
NOT in religious traditions and rituals...
The journey through this life -- together -- is the "destination" of sorts.
May we enjoy the ride...
Jesus came to purchase for us....
ALL THE LORD'S BLESSINGS
Of course one doesn't have to be in a church, but if a believer wants to join with other believers (within the body)it makes sense to do this in a bible believing/teaching church. We are called to come together regularly to worship God together corporately. It is biblical.
Reminds me of C.S. Lewis' Aslan, the great lion creator of Narnia. The children ask the beavers, "Is he safe?" "Of course he's not safe!" they reply, "But He's good."
Very well said. You've brought a little tear to my eyes. Thanks, and Merry Christmas to you and yours.
You may be interested in my post #32.
That is correct. As long as He is in your heart, it doesn't matter where you are.
My family is a big enough group of believers for me, and more than enough for Jesus.
And those who don't have families?
Why is it that Christmas has a fixed date, Dec. 25th, and Easter does not? If the first Christmas has a date that doesn't change, wouldn't it make sense to have a similar date for Easter?
I guess that since Easter (i) has to fall on a Sunday and (ii) has to fall around Passover, the early Church had to make it a movable feast. Since the Annunciation and Christmas do not need to fall on a particular day of the week and have nothing to do with the Jewish calendar, the early Church was able to designate March 25 and December 25 as set holidays.
There is always someone somewhere who will pray with you on Christmas day.
But I feel really sorry for any Christian who is so helpless that he or she can't just pick up a Bible, read, sing some Christmas Carols.
Very, very sad.
If you think your church should be open, then voice your opinion to your minister.
I suppose the reasons vary. I know that some are not having services on Sunday because they are having a late service on Christmas Eve. It's their own decision. If you happen to go to a church that chose not to have services on Christmas Day, there are plenty out there that are holding services. Go visiting!
We do not celebrate 3 months earlier. Our church will have a Christmas Eve service and a Christmas Day service. I have only been able to attend the Christmas Eve service once since we go out of town for the holidays but it was very special with the parents and children in attendance.
1 Corinthians 6:12 says "All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not beneficial: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any."
Christians have liberty in all things. (Note that liberty is not the same as license, but thats a discussion that could easily take up a whole thread of its own.)
The questions Christians have to ask ourselves are: Is what we want to do beneficial? Is this thing we want to do drawing us away from serving the Lord?
Celebrating Christmas is wonderful for my family and me. It is beneficial in that it brings us a great deal of joy, and gives us an opportunity to set aside time specifically to ponder what He sacrificed merely by choosing to be born a tiny babe rather than coming as a warrior on a white horse. Certainly, rather than pulling us away from the Lord, this celebration draws us nearer.
Actually, they met on Sundays to commemorate our Lord's resurrection.
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