Christmas is Not Your Birthday

Advent/Christmas 2013

There are 365 days each year, but Christmas day is special. What is there not to love? Our favorite Christmas cookies tempt us for weeks. Our community is illuminated with Christmas lights. Our Christmas trees are decorated with ornaments that remind us of the past. Our calendars are filled with Christmas parties and our Christmas wish list contains our perfect gift. Christmas is a time of family and friends. It is easy to forget that Christmas is a time to remember the birth of Jesus.

This year’s Advent/Christmas sermon series is called Christmas is Not Your Birthday.  It was originally created by Mike Slaughter of the Ginghamsburg Church (a United Methodist congregation) in Tipp City, Ohio. He is afraid we have lost the real meaning of Christmas in American commercialism. He has a point. Did you know the average American home will spend $749.51 on Christmas this year? Did you know the average American child will receive $271 in gifts this year? How can the church compete? How easy it is for our secular world to forget the sacred meaning of Christmas. This sermon series challenges us to look beyond ourselves to a world that is filled with need. God blessed us on Christmas by sending us his Son, so we should be a blessing to others. Below you will find a copy of my tentative preaching schedule.

To underscore the importance of this sermon series, I am organizing two study groups to discuss each message. We will meet on the Monday following the message. It is my goal to have two separate groups. One at 10:00 in the morning and the second at 7:00 PM. Each group is separate, but will study the same material. It will be an opportunity for you to examine the message and meet someone new. I hope you can spend some time with me.

In conclusion, I would like to take this opportunity to wish each one of you a Merry Christmas.

In His Service,

Russ

Christmas is Not Your Birthday

Advent/Christmas 2013

December 1 - First Sunday                         of Advent   Christmas is Not Your Birthday  1Corinthians 1:3-9   pdf
December 8 - Second Sunday of Advent   What Does God Look Like?     Isaiah 9:2-7  pdf
December 15 - Third Sunday of Advent    Give up on Perfect  Luke 1:26-43  pdf
December 22 - Fourth Sunday of Advent    Peace  Luke 2:8-20  pdf
December 24 - Christmas Eve  The Difference a Baby  Makes  Luke 2:1-20  pdf