At Camelback Bible Church, the celebration of the world’s most significant birth is a highlight of our calendar year. The wonder of it never wears out – the arrival in a cattle’s trough of Jesus the Christ, Savior of our sins and Lord of our lives!
The secular world exploits Christmas for material gain and as a respite from work. But we celebrate with a joy so profound and so personal that it’s hard to put into words. Even the angels, who announced the birth to shepherds in the hills outside Jerusalem, found mere spoken words inadequate for the moment. So they burst into song, a multitude of the heavenly host singing about the arrival of God’s Son. We take our cue from them: in every one of our Christmas gatherings, music highlights the sublime message . . . ‘to us is born a Savior, who is Christ the Lord’ (Luke 2:11).
Joining a long heritage of Christians, we trace the arrival of Christ in Four Sundays of Advent, beginning Sunday, November 30, when we light the first of four candles of the Advent wreath, marking the way, in successive Sundays, to the moment when heaven touches earth.
Then on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24, in two identical candlelit services, we pull out the stops for perhaps the most exuberant celebration of the entire year, in which we retell the greatest story ever to touch human ears. Using a format that has been a ‘holy day’ tradition at Camelback for over thirty-five years, borrowed from the century-old service of Lessons and Carols performed every Christmas Eve by the choir of King’s College in Cambridge, England, we alternate inspired scripture readings – from both the Old and the New Testaments – with beloved Christmas carols, and come face to face again with the pinnacle event of world history.
The four Sundays of Advent and Christmas Eve form a magnificent package not to be missed – and not just by members of our church family, but also by our friends and acquaintances in the community.
We are a family on a mission for the glory of God, extending the love of Christ to all people! What better time to make that extension than at Christmas? This is the time to invite people to church. Let’s be bold, calling many, encouraging people to join us for the celebration of Christ.
By God’s grace, they will leave with Christ living in their hearts. That’s our prayer.
Love in Christ,