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Preparing for Worship: Christmas Eve and 12/26/10

Corporate worship is a great thing. Of course, we can worship God on our own and with our families - and we should. But there is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope that corporate worship is the highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we're posting a short preview of the upcoming worship service each week.

Don't forget our Lessons and Carols service on Christmas Eve. The service itself is patterned (loosely) on the Lessons and Carols service held each year at the Kings College Chapel in Cambridge, England. I say "loosely" because their service is much longer (the program is something like 50 pages!). I promise you we'll be done in just over an hour! Our service will be full of great Christmas carols interspersed with seven readings telling the story of Christmas. There will be a short meditation from Luke 2:8-20, and we'll close the service with the lighting of candles and singing "Silent Night." There won't be child care, but kids of all ages are welcome in the service. The Christmas Eve service will be at 5:30pm at Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship (4229 Brownway Ave, 45209).

On Sunday, we'll meet as normal at 10:00 am at John P Parker School (5051 Anderson Place). Since there are traditionally twelve days of Christmas (also known as Christmastide - read about it here), we'll still be singing mostly carols in worship - "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Angels From the Realms of Glory," "On Christmas Day," "O Holy Night," and "To Us a Child is Born." We'll close the service by singing a great song about Jesus as King, and the kingdom he brings - "King of Saints."

During worship we'll confess our sins and remind ourselves of the good news of the gospel - that Jesus came to save people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). The sermon will be the last in our series from Isaiah. We'll be talking about "What the World Needs" from Isaiah 11:1-10. To prepare, read the passage and ask yourself what you think the world really needs.

Since we know some folks will be out of town on the 26th, we will offer a nursery but will be combining the infant and toddler nurseries.

We hope you can join us both for Christmas Eve and on Sunday the 26th. Merry Christmas!

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