Any one have any good ideas for Christmas Eve sermons? Christmas Eve and Easter are the two hardest sermons of the year to write. The lessons are the same year in and year out, and I think I’ve said all that I can about them over the years. (I’m sure there’s more to be said, but perhaps not for me…)
I’m trying to come up with another children’s story for the early service on the 24th as well. Over the last few years I’ve been writing pieces about the animals around the manger. It’s been fun – but now that I’ve been doing it for 8 years, I’m starting to run out of ideas as well.
Alden Hothaway used to preach the same basic sermon on Christmas Eve year in and year out. He said it became quite the tradition in the parishes that he served. He’d change a few things each year, but the body of the sermon stayed the same. I’ve thought about doing that – but then I manage to get excited by an idea and run off to write that sermon rather than trying to keep updating the one from the years before.
Anyway – all topics gratefully received. You’ll probably get to hear the finished version sometime after Christmas, so “mad propz” to you if I use your idea. Grin.