Preparing for Christmas Eve

The lead article on the Central Texas Conference website is entitled “What are Your Plans for Christmas Sunday Services.”  I want to strongly encourage pastors, directors of music, and other local church leaders to carefully read the article.  Hopefully it will spark thinking for advanced planning for Advent, Christmas and especially Christmas Eve services. Prominent on every local church website (and yes, I will check about 20 to 30 websites) should be information and an invitation to Christmas Eve services.  Christmas Eve is the number 1 attended service by non- or nominal Christians.  The service should be planned in the light of radical hospitality to those who do not know Christ in any vibrant way. In other news, currently I am attending the Council of Bishops meeting Lake Junaluska. Yesterday we strongly affirmed the Call to Action report along with the Vital Congregations emphasis.  Much has already been written on this subject and much more will be shared as we move forward.  Potentially, we are on the cusp of a turning point in the life of the United Methodist Church.  I am enthusiastically supportive of the proposals.  With courage, now is the time for far reaching change as we seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.