Easter is a more important occasion in the Church than is Christmas. Why did the Church not pick up on this and if the church had, maybe the secular world would.
But then we would have Easter Trees, Easter Presents, Easter stocking hung on the air conditioner with care hoping the Easter Bunny would be there.
How do we as church goers change the attitude between Christmas and Easter? Or is it a non-issue?
I just posted my Christmas Eve message with a focus on God's unconditional love. The message will be followed by a soloist singing "I Wonder as I Wander", accompanied by a violinist, and then communion.
My Message for Christmas Eve.
Christmas Eve Message, 2012
A young man had a dream. In his dream he was holding a candle and he was surrounded by darkness. Jesus lit his candle and sent him into the darkness. After a little while, his candle went out and he had to go back to Jesus to light his candle. This happened several times. He started to apologize to Jesus for not keeping his candle lit. Jesus said, "Please see that each time you were able to go a little farther into the darkness before your candle went out."
The author of this is "Anonymous", but I wish I had written it. I value this as much as I hold it to be true, and am thankful it was sent to me:
Affirmations of Christmas
I BELIEVE that Christmas is more than a time for parties and ornaments; it is a time for remembering Christ and the incarnation of God's love in human flesh.
Mark Andrew Alward is a writer who attends Grand River Unitarian Congregation in Kitchener, Ontario. He comes from an evangelical background and blogs at The Loving Room.
When the angel Gabriel told Mary that she would bear the Son of God, “For nothing will be impossible with God,” Mary answered, “Here I am, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”
What an amazingly powerful response to God’s hope for the world. With Mary’s response, Christ was born and the world came to know God’s love in new form.