If your church is like many other churches, this weekend’s services will be some of the most attended of the year. Hopefully, you’ve planned everything out already, but if not, here’s what Greg Atkinson will be using this Christmas Eve.
It’s the big week! Many of us are spending all the waking hours prepping for the big day. For me (throughout my nearly 2 decades of ministry), Christmas Eve is like the Super Bowl of church services. We’re doing 3 at my campus this Christmas. We have a great worship experience planned with several surprises. I want to tell you about some of the media resources we’re using.
I always like reading about what churches and worship leaders are preparing. For any given service, not just Christmas.
Earlier this month, Jared Sears wrote a guest post for Worship Set Ideas, called “Leading Worship During Christmas.” Having personally wrestled with the tension between my pastor’s theme and what the congregation desires to sing and hear during this season, not to mention the sometimes difficult nature of playing traditional carols with a contemporary band, it certainly resonated with me:
I don’t lead worship to help people feel good. I lead worship to connect people to the saving gospel of Christ through art. How much more connected can your congregation be to music than during Christmas time? Who doesn’t know Christmas carols? Nostalgia can be frustrating, but why is it a bad thing to be connected deeply to a song? Many Christmas lyrics are powerful.
What are your tips and techniques for getting through Christmas as a worship leader?
Tom Lawson, on his blog Adorate, wrote a great post called “What Linus can Teach Pastors at Christmas,” but I think it applies to worship leaders as well, and in fact, anyone who is in leadership or who is involved in service planning.
We’ve been through this before. Year after year. Christmas program after Christmas program. And each year we feel the greater weight of that challenge to say something fresh and original and relevant.
Know the feeling? Tom’s advice begins:
The greatest stories do not really need us to change them. To change them would be to cheapen them. These are stories that manage to change themselves. The same descriptions that spoke to us as children speak again to us as adults.
Well worth a read, especially leading into Christmas. I also heartily endorse repeat viewings of A Charlie Brown Christmas.