Whole lotta Christ’s Birthday Celebrations

Scot “Jesus Creed” McKnight makes a gracious appeal in When Christmas falls on Sunday that Christians of all people can and should show Good Will Toward Megachurches, those that have decided to celebrate a day (or two) earlier and to close on Sunday. I would add a Biblical proof text (for those that like the ipsissima verba) and an appeal on how celebrations often fall on the eve of a special day.

1. “One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord.” (Romans 14:5-6a)

2. Who celebrates New Year’s on New Year’s Day? Celebrate on the Eve or earlier, at hundreds of Christmas Celebrations before Sunday, December 25th, 2005 [multiple services]:

Willow Creek Community Church (South Barrington, IL) [8]
Southland Christian Church (Nicholasville, KY) [4]
Crossroads Christian Church (Lexington, KY) [3]
Fellowship Church (Grapevine, TX) [11]
Watermark Community Church (Dallas, TX) [2]
Redemption World Outreach Center (Greenville, SC) [2 live, 6 streamed online]
Seacoast Church (Charleston, SC and other locations) [16]
North Point Community Church (Alpharetta, GA) [3]
Grace Fellowship Church (Timonium, MD) [5]
Church of the Redeemer (Gaithersburg, MD) [4]
Northview Christian Life Church (Carmel, IN) [5]
Grace Community Church (Noblesville, IN) [6]
Calvary Chapel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) [9]
Christ Fellowship (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) [13]
Flamingo Road Church (Fort Lauderdale, FL) [5]
Christ the Rock Community Church (Cooper City, FL) [4]
RockHarbor (Costa Mesa, CA) [7]
Northland, A Church Distributed (Longwood, FL) [10]
Kensington Community Church (Troy, MI) [18]
Bridgeway Community Church (Columbia, MD) [6]
Grace Community Church (Columbia, MD) [6]
Reston Bible Church (Reston, VA) [3]
Journey’s Crossing (Gaithersburg, MD) [2]
NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) [5]
LifeChurch (locations in OK and AZ and TX) [20]
Neighborhood Church (Redding, CA) [4]
Center Point Church (North Richland Hills, TX) [3]
Revolution Church (Long Beach, CA) [2]

And even though Willow Creek Closes Doors on Christmas; Hybels Still to Preach on Sunday at a different church:

Two of the largest mega churches in the Chicago area will join hands this holiday season to hold what may possibly be the largest Christmas Day service in the nation. The Rev. Bill Hybels of Willowcreek Church will preach alongside the Rev. James Meeks of the House of Hope Church in Chicago. Together, the two churches have more than 30,000 members.

And here’s a flashy invite to experience Christmas Presence. I’ll see how many services I can experience, though probably short of 20. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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3 Responses

  1. Rich Kirkpatrick says:

    Greetings for a guy from one of the churches on your list! I did not know our church would be mentioned in such a prestigious group of churches. Who heard of Redding, CA anyway!? Blessings!

  2. oh, I forgot to link my website…:-)