This year Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, and so we have TWO opportunities to worship together as we celebrate the mystery and joy of Christmas.
On Sunday morning, December 24, at 10:00 am, we will gather for an uplifting worship service of Christmas. This service will follow the format and welcoming atmosphere of our usual Sunday gatherings for worship as we proclaim the Christmas story together.
Then on Christmas Eve, December 24, at 6:30 pm we will experience the wonder of Christmas with uplifting music, candlelight celebration, and Holy Communion.
Why Worship on Christmas?
Christmas is a busy time of celebration for many of us. There is a lot going on – meals to prepare, parties and gatherings to attend; work to do and fun to attend to. Why should we make time for worship in the middle of all that?
Our need for worship (yes, we need worship) at Christmas is precisely because it is so busy.
Because Christmas is hectic for many of us – we are rushed and exhausted – we can miss the wonder and joy of what happens at Christmas. Worship together allows us to stop, take a deep breath, and experience the power of the great love God has for us.
In addition, as we gather in community we are reminded that we are not in this alone – we are surrounded by a community that is loving and supportive. The joy of Christmas and the gift of God unites us, and draws us into something more than just ourselves.
What Should I Expect at Spirit of Joy?
First, we hope you know that at Spirit of Joy!, we welcome people to worship – whether this is your first time to worship in years, you are part of a different tradition, or you worship every Sunday. You are welcome here.
Some people worry about what to wear to a new church. Don’t worry about that. At Spirit of Joy! people wear everything from a new suit to jeans and everything in-between. Be comfortable and be yourself – we are just glad you are with us.
Our worship tends to be casual, contemporary, and follows a traditional order. You will recognize many of the elements of our worship from traditional churches, and our music varies from contemporary worship songs to ancient hymns. We worry more about joyfully worshiping than what category our worship falls into.
Finally, it is worth pointing out that we are an intergenerational church – our worship space is filled with people of every age. Children are an important part of our community and we welcome them to worship with us and be a part of our celebration.
Which Christmas Service Should I Attend?
The services will be different – there will be different music and different sermons at each, you are welcome to both if your schedule allows!
If you are looking for the candlelight readings, the evening service is your best option.
Otherwise, for many people the choice will come down to schedule – when worship best fits in their celebrations of Christmas.
Regardless of which service you attend, we can’t wait to celebrate Christmas with you!
Located in the Alden Bridge neighborhood of The Woodlands, Spirit of Joy! Lutheran Church is committed to creating joy-filled, faith-growing, life-changing community.