We explored this question on Ask the Matriarch several months ago (you can read it here). But I am thinking that there might be some updates and new ideas, so let's do it again!
Because our congregation has multiple services (4) on Christmas Eve, we only have a Christmas morning service when December 25th falls on a Sunday, as it does this year.
We've talked about Lessons and Carols for Christmas, or a traditional liturgy with communion. We have also talked about inviting people to come in their pajamas and bring their favorite gift with them.
I am definitely leaning toward the more creative this year - and am looking for some creative expressions of worship for Christmas morning that will delight but not totally upend our liturgical identity.
How will your congregation worship on Christmas Day...or, how do you wish that they would?
This from Muthah+, blogging at Stone of Witness:
We too have numerous services on Christmas Eve and find no energy left for Christmas Day. But through the years I have found that there have always been certain families in the congregation whose tradition call for 'going to church' following the festivities of Christmas morning every year, not just ones that fall on Sunday. Usually those services are small, intimate, with no music and quite informal. (I wouldn't get caught dead in my pj's even on Christmas!) I have often held this service in the chapel. One year I preached holding the newest member of the family in which 5 generations were represented and talked about the hope of the Incarnation.
In our 'program sized church' we will have only one service on Christmas morning in the main sanctuary. I believe that Sunday service is about 'resting' with the Lord. It will be small and without music-- but with communion, of course.
Whatever you do--enjoy it even if your energies are at an ebb. I have always dreaded those Christmas morning services but generally come away from them with such a sense of peace and affirmation.
And from kathrynzj:
About 3 years ago we began a Christmas Day service because there was no other place for a Protestant to worship on Christmas Day. In those years there were a few lessons and carols, the tiniest of communion meditations and a reading from a story or short book about the true meaning of the holiday.
This year we have three baptisms (same family) and also want to do Communion and so...
We are going to invite folks to come out 'as-they-are' and bring their favorite gift. We'll do a small Lessons and Carols (Luke 2 in 3 sections with 3 hymns afterwards) and then talk about gifts and then talk about the greatest gift - baptisms, Communion - done.
I think it will be fun although I am a little concerned since our 10am start time is usually about the time I am entering my post Christmas-Eve coma. We shall see...
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