One of the great defenses we have against the holiday pressures is our worship of Jesus. In worshipping Christ at Christmas we push back against the materialistic and cultural Grinches that attempt to steal the true celebration of the Advent. We must hear and heed the invitation of the carol: “O come all ye faithful … O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.”
Last Sunday a treacherously thick layer of ice virtually paralyzed our city. As a result most churches were forced to cancel their Sunday worship services and other church activities. In the twenty-two years I have been in Fort Worth I don’t recall ever having to do that before. While many of us took advantage of the day to worship quietly in our homes, I think many of us felt an ache in our souls that we were not able to gather with our brothers and sisters to worship Christ the Lord, particularly at this season. Perhaps it served to remind us of how much we need the strength and encouragement that comes from gathering with other believers for worship and edification.
In light of that I have an idea!
Let’s determine to do our very best to be in church this Sunday. What if we set an attendance record in the middle of December! Like the shepherds around Bethlehem, let’s come with our hearts hungry to worship Christ the Lord. Like the Wise Men of old, let’s come with our hands bearing gifts for Christ through His church. Like the angels let’s be ready to lift our voices to say and sing, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.”
And let’s make it our goal to make this Christmas special for others by helping them to see the glory and the beauty of Christ. There are two great events in the next two weeks that are prime opportunities to bring others with us to worship Christ. The Katinas Christmas Concert featuring our own Choir and Orchestra will help you adore Christ this Christmas. Our Christmas Eve service will have a special Cowtown flavor to it. Don’t miss it. There’s no more beautiful and worshipful time and place in Fort Worth than reading the Christmas story and singing the carols of Christmas by candlelight.