“Then John’s father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us. Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins. By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.’” – Luke 1:67-79
At the circumcision of his son John, Zechariah spoke the above prophesy about what God was doing for the world (the big picture) as well as for his son (the smaller picture). John, later known as the Baptist, indeed cried out to all, pointing to Jesus as messiah. While this prophesy was made for and about John, it can also apply to us. We are all called to give knowledge to the world of salvation in Jesus Christ.
Leading the Children’s Christmas Eve service is one of my favorite things that I do at FPC. While it is a little bit like herding cats, when it all comes together, it is incredible. I think the thing that I like the most is seeing our children leading the congregation in worship during one of the most important services of the year. With their reading scripture, singing songs and acting out the story of Christ’s birth, they point to the messiah who came as a child. We cannot, however, allow the fact that they are children shield us from hearing the rest of their message. Each one of the kids in our Children’s Christmas Eve service are boldly following the call to, “go before the Lord to prepare his ways, and give knowledge of salvation to his people about the forgiveness of their sins.”
Are we brave enough to follow their lead?
If you’d like, join us for the 5:30 Children’s Christmas Eve service:you do not have to have children or be a child to attend. Watch as the kids of FPC help us to return to the manger and the awesome birth of Jesus the Christ. You’re free to return to a totally different service (the fantastic service of candlelight and communion led by adults) at 8:00.