I must admit… once Thanksgiving has passed, I become the fifth child in the Mitchell house. I love Christmas! The lights, the songs, the food, family, the church services… my list goes on and on. As a child, I knew once I saw the Advent Wreath at the church, Christmas would soon follow. Now Advent and Christmas are almost here, and I want to share our upcoming Worship Series with each of you.
For the first four Sundays in December, Church of the Servant will dive into a worship series called Reel Christmas. No, I did not make a spelling error. Yes, Reel Christmas will be a way for us to look at how some of our favorite Christmas movies can challenge all of us to experience the special season in a new way. On Sundays, December 3-24, we will watch a Christmas movie clip and focus on a biblical theme that challenges us to be more than spectators. Here is a quick preview of what is to come:
December 3: “It’s a Wonderful Life”—You Matter to God!
December 10: “Elf”—Singing Loud for All to Hear
December 17: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”—Our Hearts Matter
December 24: “Polar Express”—The Faith of a Child
What I get excited about is the way all four services will be able to use technology in December! The Chapel and Centrum are already equipped with technology, and during the month of December, the Celebration Center will have special screens that allow for the use of technology in a temporary way. Of course, the long-term goal is to continue having that technology in the Celebration Center. I know how special the Celebration Center is to all of us; and prior to permanently adding screens, I believe it is important to learn what can be done with excellence.
I hope you have a chance to see all the movies of our Reel Christmas worship series this December, but let us never forget the real reason for our joy this special time of year!