4 Helps For Christmas Planning
There are some who finished up their Christmas planning just after Labour Day. And then there are the rest of us who know Christmas is coming but it still sneaks up on us every year:)
This post is for those who fall in to category #2.
Here are 4 helps I hope will be of assistance to you as you plan for this Christmas.
1) Can you relate to this statement?
It’s December. Shoppers and worshipers alike greet each other: “Merry Christmas!” “Happy holidays!” Maybe even (on Sunday): “Peace and joy!”
Me? I find myself pulling out my hair and shouting, “What? I have to preach the Christmas story again?!” Not to others, of course. Certainly not to my parishioners. But inside I do. How can I pull off another Christmas sermon? Come Christmas, I don’t feel like preaching Matthew 1 or Luke 2. I feel like preaching Ecclesiastes 1:9: “There is nothing new under the sun”!
David Vroege from Halifax, gives some fresh approaches for the coming Christmas season.
2) Looking for Christmas sermon inspiration? Click here for messages by Stedman, Piper, Spurgeon and more.
3) I like free and by signing up to Ministry Pass they will send you a 7-page pdf of Christmas Illustrations
4) After you have put everything together ask yourself these 20 Questions from Brandon at ProPreacher before you step into the pulpit.
“May you be filled with the wonder of Mary, the obedience of Joseph, the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, the determination of the magi, and the peace of the Christ child. Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit bless you now and forever.” (Ray Pritchard)
Here’s to a blessed Christmas.