Hillary Kobernick writes and pastors at a Mennonite congregation outside Chicago; in her spare time, she does competitive slam poetry and manages a contemporary theology blog at

And, as you prepare for Christmas, here is a simple family worship service for Christmas morning.

IMG_3779Christmas Morning Worship

Scripture: from Isaiah 9

“The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
on them light has shined.

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Lighting of Advent Candles–after lighting each candle, offer a brief prayer of petition and thanksgiving:

Hope: God, we pray for those who feel hopeless today. May your light begin to shine more brightly in their lives. Thank you for the hope we have in Jesus.

Peace: God, we pray for all who suffer from violence, for all who live in fear of violence. May your peace surround and protect them. Thank you for the peace you offer through Jesus.

Joy: God, we pray for those who are grieving and sad on this day of celebration. May they know the light of your joy, even if they cannot feel happy right now. Thank you that we can know joy through Jesus.

Love: God, we pray for all people who feel unloved today. May they know your deep love for them. Thank you for showing us how much you love us by sending Jesus.

Christ Candle: God, please help us to share the light of your hope, peace, joy, and love with our world. Thank you for the gift of Jesus and thank you for this day of celebration! Amen

Christmas HymnJoy to the World

Scripture: Luke 2: 1-20 (or watch the Veggie Tales version)

Closing Prayer:
God, As we open our gifts and give gifts to each other, help us honor your amazing gift of Jesus. Let us know your presence with us as we celebrate today. Amen.

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