Christmas Family Worship
This is a simple worship order you can use in your family worship time. If you have a screen everyone can see, then you can all follow along with the texts and songs.
This would be good for Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning.
Set up the space with some candles or anything else that can help make it feel like a sacred, special time.
Have someone pray the following prayer out loud:
This Christmas, we are especially thankful for Jesus. With all that is happening in the world, we still look to him for salvation, for hope, and for joy.
We thank you that you provided a way for all people to know you, to receive your love and mercy, and to experience new life in your power. All this is through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
We ask that you would send the Spirit of Jesus in a fresh way into our home. Comfort us with your presence. Fill our home with joy. As we celebrate Christmas, give us glad hearts.
We also ask for your help and provision in all the areas where we are experiencing hardships and lack. And help us to be generous toward others, as you have been generous to us.
We pray that throughout this season and into the new year, you would teach us to trust, obey, and make room for Jesus in our hearts and in our lives so that we can experience more of his glory.
In Jesus' name we pray,
Sing the following Christmas carol, or any others God moves you to sing. God inhabits our praise, so may his presence fill your homes as you sing!
Have someone or a couple people read the following Scripture out loud.
Luke 2:1–20 (NLT)
1 At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2 (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. 4 And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. 5 He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. 7 She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
8 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” 15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. 17 After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19 but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. 20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.
On the first Christmas, there was no room for Jesus at the inn. The innkeeper and all his guests missed out on a glorious party! What about us? Is there something that is occupying our thoughts, our schedules, our lives that is crowding Jesus out? How can we make room for Jesus so that we can experience his glory?
Take a moment to pray in your own way. If you're in a group, you can share prayer concerns and have everyone take a turn to pray at least one sentence.
Have the head of the household speak this blessing:
May God send Jesus into our lives in a fresh way this Christmas. And may we be representatives of Jesus to the world. I bless us in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.