2014 Christmas Eve Service
The title of this year's Children's Christmas Eve service is "Savior of the Nations, Come." Through narration, recitation, and song, the children will focus worshipers on God's plan of salvation, a plan that is for all people of all nations.
God sees all the people of the world and the common condition of our sin leading to eternal death. In a mysterious act of grace, God designed a plan that would allow anyone in the world — though sinful — to be saved through faith in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, our Savior. The Holy Spirit works through God’s Word to bring people to faith and to nurture that faith. God has called and gathered you here to worship and celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Savior of the nations!
All people of all nations need to know and hear the same message that brings you here. God’s Word is the message of His love and forgiveness that created faith in your heart. Someone shared the Gospel of Jesus with you: perhaps your family brought you to be baptized as a baby; perhaps a friend or coworker told you about Jesus, your Savior; perhaps your pastor had an influence. In some fashion, God has placed into your life people that have shared the Word or Sacrament that brings life in Jesus. This is why Christmas is so joyful for us — we celebrate how the gift of salvation came into the world in Jesus, true God and true man.
Having received God’s love, our love is focused by Him toward others, to tell them the same message of Jesus, their Savior. What greater gift can we give than to tell all people of the nations about their Lord and Savior? This service reminds us of the various nations around the world that need to hear the message of Jesus. This service allows us — through singing in a variety of languages — a foretaste of the great worship service to come when believers of all ages will worship Jesus together.
We invite you to join us this Christmas as we worship the Savior of the nations!