Why We Celebrate
It’s easy to feel like a Grinch around the holidays. We feel stressed spending money we may not have on things we may not like for people we sometimes find challenging to be around. It’s easy to get caught up in the “trimmings and the trappings” of the holiday. Just like the Grinch, we sometimes wonder if there’s a deeper meaning to Christmas – we want for it to mean so much more.
And the good news is, the Bible tells us it does!
Christmas is about God’s
The Bible tells the story of God’s great love for people. Out of his unimaginable love for us, God offered a bright new world to men and women. Unfortunately, they chose to turn away from God and darkness crept into the soul of every human. This darkness is passed from parent to child like an inherited gene. We see evidence of it on the news every single night.
The Bible tells the story of God’s great love for people, that Jesus who is God would come into the world born of the virgin Mary as a baby in a manger. In great love, God offered His only begotten Son as a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. Since Jesus was without sin, he fulfilled the law perfectly and also was a perfect sacrifice.
Unfortunately, we chose to turn away from God and darkness crept into the soul of every human. This darkness is passed from Adam all the way to every human, including our parents and to our children like an inherited gene. We see evidence of it on the news every single night.
But there is good news for you and me!
What To Expect
Arriving At The Rock Church
When you arrive at The Rock Church for Christmas Eve, volunteers will help direct you to park. When you enter the building, you’ll be in the sanctuary. If you have kids, you’ll find the Kids Check-In station in the hallway. For this service, we will have childcare for ages 0-3 only. There are two single bathrooms – one in the rear of the sanctuary and one in the hall. Once you enter the sanctuary, feel free to sit wherever you’d like.
It will begin with about 20 minutes of music from our live band. The words of the songs will be projected onto a large screen. Many people will sing along, but feel free to participate as you feel comfortable. Pastor Ben will then share a Christmas message from the Bible. There is a box in the back for anyone that would like to give an offering of financial gifts. This offering is for those who call The Rock Church their home. As our guest, you’re not expected to give any money. That decision is totally up to you. We’ve been blessed with many opportunities to serve the needs of our community, and through the generosity of the church, we can meet those needs.
We always sprinkle in a few special elements for our Christmas Eve service like special songs and lighting candles for everyone, as we sing together the song, Silent Night.
We can’t wait for you to see what we’ve got planned this year!
What about My Kids?
Your children are welcome to join you in the service. However, we will also offer childcare for ages 0-3 only during the service. Simply follow signs to Kids Check-In. When you check-in, you’ll be asked to fill out some information so we can have a way to contact you in the unlikely event you are needed during the service.
If you’re looking to find more meaning this Christmas or looking for hope this holiday, we believe you’ll find what you’re looking for at our Christmas Eve service. It wouldn’t be the same without you, so we hope you’ll consider attending.
Saturday, December 24th, 2022