Christmas Eve Hospitality

Christmas Eve is our most attended worship service of the year.  One of the most important things we can do is to show hospitality and welcome to everyone that comes through our doors to worship the Christ child.

We invite you to greet everyone that you come in contact with, not just the people you know.  While we are sure our ushers will do a great job of welcoming people on Christmas Eve, your welcoming others matters.  All Christians have a calling to be hospitable to others as Jesus has welcomed us.

Here are six things to expect on Christmas Eve as it relates to hospitality:

  1. Expect for things to be crowded. If past trends hold true, we will have lots of people here, especially at the earlier worship services.  That’s a wonderful thing!  But it also means that you could very well need to scoot down a seat or two to help make sure everyone fits into the Family Life Center.  With our limited parking because of construction, it might mean that you have a little bit more of a walk than a normal Sunday morning.   Look at it as the wonderful thing that it is!  God is bringing together all of these people to worship Jesus.
  1. Expect for lots of children to be in worship. Some of those children might be squirmy and move around.  Welcome them!  Remember, Jesus holds children up as model citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, so their presence here is a very good thing!
  1. Expect to see people that you don’t normally see. Some people talk disparagingly about people and families that are present only for Christmas and Easter.  Don’t ever chide anyone for coming to worship.  Let them know that you’re glad they’re here and that they’re always welcome here.  God might just use your warm welcome to bring them back to more frequent worship attendance.
  1. Expect to sit near someone who isn’t familiar with our worship service. If they are looking lost, gently ask if you can help them find where we are in the bulletin.  The pastors will announce that all are welcome to the Lord’s Table, but there might be some hesitancy when it comes to that, so you might have to let them know that when we say all are welcome, we really mean all!
  1. Expect to help people find important places like the nursery and restrooms. If you see someone that looks lost, ask if there’s something you can help them with.  If you don’t know, ask an usher or someone else that might know.
  1. Expect people to ask about our construction. Let them know what an adventure this past year has been.  Like any construction project, there have been some surprises, but we are all excited to get back into the sanctuary this coming summer.

Thanks!

First of all, welcome to our blog!  We plan on updating you on things that are going on at Zion by using this blog on an occasional basis.

Now onto the main reason for writing this blog – Thanks!

The Advent and Christmas seasons are two of the busiest seasons of the church year. While many people talk about how busy pastors and church staff are during this time of the year, we know that we couldn’t do what we do without you. We give God thanks for the many ways you gave of your time and energy to make Advent and Christmas at Zion so meaningful. Specifically, we want to lift up:

-The altar guild. They are unsung heroes that work diligently on a weekly basis to help set the Lord’s Table.
-Our ushers, who stood at the ready to welcome friend and stranger through the church’s doors.
-Communion assistants, acolytes, torch bearers, book bearers, and other worship assistants that provided leadership in worship.
-Those who helped to decorate our sanctuary for Advent and Christmas.
-The many musical ensembles of Zion helped us see God’s glory through the gift of music.
-The people that came out the Saturday after Christmas Day to cook and serve the homeless in our community with Taking it to the Streets were a sign of God’s love to the least of God’s family.
-The people who provided gifts for children at our partner congregation in El Cenizo, TX and St. P-J’s home here in San Antonio provided Christmas cheer.
-Our Stephen Ministers who were present for the Hope and Healing Service offered a tangible sign of God’s promise.
-The many ways you showed God’s love to us through your presence.
-Your generous gifts to the pastors and staff at Christmas.

We are a blessed Church and give God thanks for what is to come in 2015!

Yours in Christ,

Pastors Schulte and Peek