Touché December 15, 2017
Posted on December 15, 2017 by under Touché,


Oh Holy Night

“And you will sing as on the night you celebrate a holy festival; your hearts will rejoice…”     (Isaiah 30:29)

“We will be at the 7:30 mass on Christmas Eve.  My whole family is coming in and I am so excited.”  Those words were spoken to me at a party last week by one who had just started attending our church.  Raised Roman Catholic, she found a different experience at Hopewell and was excited to share it with her kids.  It is a reminder to me of the importance of Christmas Eve.  It is the time when many who have lost contact with the church-worship.  It is a time when young people who may not attend worship during the year-worship.  Candles are lit, the songs are sung and we are all home for Christmas in that moment.

This year the schedule is different because Christmas Eve is Sunday.  I want to make sure you are aware of the order for the day.

Sunday Morning, one service, 10:30 AM.  This is the fourth Sunday of Advent worship.  The Bells will play and I will preach, Making a Home for God.  We will not have Sunday School that day, but will have an extended nursery.

Family Service-4 pm.  This has been one of the fullest Christmas Eve services and is an important place to welcome new families to the church.  We will have the organ playing as well as Breaking the Silence. Our youth dance team will help us worship in this service and families together will be telling the Christmas story.

At each service I will be briefly preaching, Home for Christmas and we will end with candle lighting.

Traditional Service-7:30 pm.  This service will feature brass and the Hopewell Chorale. I went to the chorale’s rehearsal on Wednesday and there were twenty people singing.  You may still join them on Christmas Eve if you make it out to practice this Wednesday at 7 PM.  This service promises to be full so we are encouraging any who are able and willing to come to the 11 PM service.

Christmas Communion- 11 PM.  This service will include Wesley on the organ and some of the Glory Bound band leading worship.  At midnight, we will gather around the table as we come forward for Communion.

I look forward to the message of this night, the home of God is amongst us in Christ.  It is a joy to sing together on this holy night.

Merry Christmas,