"Nite of Worship - Christmas Edition" this past Sunday Nite got me pretty excited about Christmas. It's fun to celebrate the true reason for the season with a big crowd of people. To look out over the crowd and see the smiles as people sang and worshiped their Lord - like I said yesterday, "Good Stuff".
I am really excited about our Christmas Services coming up on Sunday, December 21st. 3 Great Services - 8.21 - 9.51 & 11.11am. We have some great music planned - we have a great overall service in the works but there is one thing that we are working extra special on: communicating the true message of Christmas. We are always pretty evangelistic here at hyde park (one of our core goals is to make the gospel as understandable as possible) but on days like this we go all out to make the Story of God as understandable as possible because we expect people to be in the house who normally wouldn't be with us. I remember what it was like visiting a church as an "outsider" and feeling out of place and not really "getting" what was going on.
I don't know who you've been praying for this year, who you've been talking to about God, who you've been inviting to church. You know, those one or two people who seem to be on your "impossible" list (remember, with God "Nothing is Impossible" ).
What about that lady that graciously waits on you at your favorite restaurant? Invite her. Or the dude that you talk to at the convenience store? Invite him. The new couple who moved in down the street - or the young school teacher that you've been avoiding inviting to church (isn't it funny that we assume others don't want what we have found?). We haven't said it in a while but here it goes:
DO WHATEVER YOU CAN TO GET THEM TO ONE OF OUR 3 CHRISTMAS SERVICES ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21ST.
If you will do whatever is necessary to get them here (bribe them with lunch, tell 'em you'll pick them up or you'll wash their dog, rake their yards... whatever it takes right?) we will present the Gospel in a very explanatory and creative way in the power of God's Spirit ("Lord, be with us...") and pray with you that God will come into their lives in a revolutionary way.
Deal? If they NEED Jesus get them here! This is one day that very well may change their life!