2015 Christmas Worship Guide

There's blues this season…, and there's Jesus
By Michael Mallick, Sr. Minister at Jefferson St. Christian Church

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[December 16, 2015]  The other day I read a story about a family that had the custom of putting large plywood letters bordered with Christmas lights on their roof each year. The letters spelled out the word, “NOEL.” One year the dad was a little slow in getting the letters up on the roof. Finally, late one Saturday afternoon in mid*December, he got the project underway.

The letters were large and hard to handle. It was a very windy afternoon. While he struggled to put these large letters in their place, he was heard to mutter some very “unchristmasy” declarations under his breath. At last the job was done and he climbed down the ladder in triumph. He called his wife and children out of the house and told one of them to plug in the lights. But when the lights came on and blazed out against the dark sky, everyone burst into laughter. Up on the roof, the illuminated letters read, “LEON.”

That story helps to illustrate an important reminder that Christmas can be a very frustrating and confusing time. Instead of being a time when people are filled with joy, happiness, and inspiration, Christmas can become a drudgery. Perhaps this is part of the reason why Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas” became so popular. The key words of hope, love, and cheer are replaced with hassle, labor, chore. Strained marriages, the loss of loved ones, and family conflicts takes the “Merry” out of Merry Christmas. Many people in the world are searching for meaning and many more find themselves stuck in a proverbial rut in life.

The true message and meaning of Christmas is that...

* Jesus came so we wouldn’t have to stay in the hole of depression, fear, and loneliness.

* He willingly came and was born into our world to help us.

* He came as the Light of World to guide us through the dark periods and to keep us from stumbling.

* He came as the Prince of Peace to restore order to our chaotic lives.


If Christmas becomes a time only about decorations, trees, presents, and wrapping paper, it can indeed be a blue time.

But Jesus came for much more than that.

He came to say...

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

- Matthew 11:28


Read all the articles in our new
2015 Christmas Worship Guide

Advent Promise
Pastor Adam Quine
The best news...Jesus, a gift to the broken
Pastor Michael Paulson
Hurry home
Pastor Larry Crawford
Still amazed by Christmas
Pastor Ken Kramer
The most wonder-filled time of the year
Pastor Greg Wooten
"Christmas doesn't happen without me"
Pastor Jonathan Buesdher
There's blues this season...,and there's Jesus
Pastor Michael Mallick
Could one man's decision 2,000 years ago change hearts today?
Pastor Mark Weber
"Recognizing the Truth of Christmas"
Pastor Stacy Popejoy
See with joy, the Christ Child has come
Pastor/Chaplain Ryan Edgecombe
Where is the new King?
Pastor Zoila Marty
The bike before Christmas
Pastor Ben Manley
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