Annual Christmas pageant

Angels Kadynce McCandless, left, Abigail Popovich and Skyla Rochkind watch over Peyton Shotwell as Mary; J.T. Trumbature as Joseph; and Opal Starkey, as the infant Jesus in December 2016 during a rehearsal of Moody Methodist Church’s annual children’s Christmas pageant.

The special event sermon may date back to the birth of the Christian church as reported in Acts, chapter 2. There, Peter addresses an overflow crowd on the Jewish holiday of Pentecost about the resurrection. Now, Easter and Christmas tend to see boosts in attendance at contemporary churches. That said, we present our annual Christmas sermon previews. This year most will be offered this Sunday on Christmas Eve.

Up in Friendswood, the Rev. Ron Hindt of Calvary Houston will preach, “We’ve all received gifts at Christmas; some that were duds and some that were memorable. However, the greatest gift of all is what the apostle Paul calls, ‘God’s indescribable gift.’”

He addresses services at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday at 3700 FM 528 in Friendswood.

Slightly south in League City, the Rev. Mike Bauer will address OakCreek Bible Church at 6 p.m. Sunday as part of its Advent celebration at 144 Park Ave.

“What was your favorite Christmas present,” the Rev. Mike Bauer, its pastor, will ask. “Many of us have great memories of fantastic Christmas presents, but what is the greatest possible present you could ever receive? It’s as the Scripture said, ‘For unto us a child is born and to us a child is given.’”

Farther south, a couple of Dickinson churches will work together to celebrate Christmas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

“Faith Lutheran Church was severely flooded during Harvey,” said the Rev. Deb Grant, its pastor. “Within a day after the storm, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Dickinson invited Faith to worship together in their undamaged building. The Rev. Stacy Stringer of Holy Trinity and I have led worship together since the storm. Faith continues to rebuild like many of her neighbors in Dickinson. At the joint Christmas Eve services at Holy Trinity, the theme of the evening will be on welcoming and making room. Holy Trinity has been the manger for the recovery efforts in our community. From this manger, love has grown.”

Their joint Christmas Eve services will be a family service at 4 p.m. with regular services at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday. Holy Trinity is located at 4613 Hwy 3.

Moving still farther south, Texas City’s The Connection Church will see the Rev. Tim Franklin talking about the uniqueness of Christmas. He’ll preach at 10:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. at 9300 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway. Suite 222.

“In today’s world, where almost half of the country does not see Christmas as a religious holiday, I will be asking the question, ‘What is the big deal about one more baby being born into the world?’ he said. “What difference does it mean to us that Jesus Christ was born? If we don’t see a reason for the birth of Jesus, we will never see a reason to ask him to be a part of our lives. The Christmas story is one of the most amazing love stories that has ever been revealed, let’s not miss that outpouring of love.”

Merry Christmas from Our Faith.

Next week in Our Faith: The annual Our Faith quiz looking back at five special stories from 2017.

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