Christmas is a time for family... not necessarily about writing Christmas speeches for church. But, if you’re a pastor or priest, it’s a necessity!
The Christmas holiday is for gathering together with those closest to you... friends, relatives, church family and more. Christmas is a time to worship and celebrate the birth of Christ. But, from Fall to December, there are so many holidays, schedules are packed. Shopping, cooking, visits from out-of-town friends and family... or you traveling to see them... so you may not have time to prepare Christmas speeches for church! That’s why we’ve prepared short Christmas speeches for church you can use as-is, or in part, around the holiday.
Christmas Speech for Church #1 – Youth Group
It’s important for church leaders to speak to every member of the congregation. This is doubly important for youth. That’s why we made this example of a Christmas speech for a church. It is specifically designed for a church pastor or elder to deliver to teens and young adults; members of the church youth group.
Every year, since you could remember, you’ve probably heard our beloved Christmas story over and over again. Perhaps you had a role or several roles in our annual children’s Christmas plays. You know the Christmas carols about the manger, the Wise Men the bustling town of Bethlehem. Perhaps it has become sacred to you, the Story of our Lord’s birth, the way it has become sacred to me, to Christians around the world.
But today, I want you to mentally step back in time. As young adults close in age to Mary at the time she became the mother of Christ, you are about to step into a new, bustling world much the same as Mary and Joseph were when they entered Bethlehem. Imagine the feel of the donkey’s fur that Mary clutched as Joseph led her through the city streets. Imagine her fear and disappointment when they could not find a room, a place to stay, and she was so close to giving birth.
These two people. What stores of bravery must they have had hidden within their hearts. Finally, of course, they found rest and shelter in a manger–a barn, if you will, a barn filled with animals. What a humble beginning for the King of Kings. Why? Why should the savior of the world come into the world in such a humble, impoverished place? What could the Lord have meant by it? What message can we take in this account of Christ born in a manger among farm animals and straw?
Have any of you wondered about that? Here in the modern world, we have much. Where would you be without your devices? How many of you have ‘new phone’ or ‘tablet’ written at the time of your Christmas gift wish list? Perhaps some of you have your own rooms at home, loaded with stuff. You have a bicycle or car. Perhaps you have a savings account and plans for a successful future.
Now... Christ, our savior, came into the world in a most precarious state. His parents were not wealthy. They had little else in Bethlehem except for the donkey they rode in with and their faith. Jesus was born into a barn with no golden chalices, no satin pillows, no parades. He was born in a manger with nothing and yet, he was everything.
Does that tale fill you with hope? I hope that it fills you with hope. Because, in a world filled with stuff, we must never forget the simple truths evident in Christ’s examples. We must remember that God made the most humble of places holy. To be blessed by the Lord, we do not need stuff.
Soon, like so many, you’ll struggle to find good jobs, to provide for your family, but I want the Christmas story and its humble setting to remind you that God chose simplicity and not gold to adorn his beloved son’s birth. It will never be wealth and stuff that gives your life value in the eyes of the Lord. So don’t let it define your value and self-worth in your own eyes either.
Christmas Speech for Church #2 – Bible Study
Christmas is one of the biggest times of the year for your church, which is why church leaders spend so much time preparing their services for the season. However, amid all this business, church leaders can forget to put the same preparations into their church groups. Here’s one of our short Christmas speeches for a church to help you get started. This Christmas speech for church is designed to be given by the church pastor or elder to the adult Bible study.
What I love about the Christmas story is its absence of despair. It’s the sweetest Bible story I know. We’ve examined so many passages–the wickedness of King Harold. The cunning evil of the snake in Eden, the anger of Moses when he comes down from Sinai to see his people worshiping Baol. But once Mary and Joseph snag that manger, it’s nothing but smooth sailing. The star shines above, the animals look calmly on, and Mary–well, it’s easy enough to believe she had an easy birth. And for a time–and though we all know what’s coming, for the length of this Christmas story, the most revered of stories, there is no fear. There is hope–and we feel it all these centuries later as we celebrate Christmas and marvel at the Christmas spirit. It seems, even today, it seems so miraculous.
Of course, there must have come a time when Mary and Joseph felt like ordinary parents. Many of you are parents or aunts or uncles. How often have you experienced fear for your children? What did Mary and Joseph fear, for while they knew Jesus was blessed among men, was the son of God, they also knew him as their child–and they knew the hardships and evils of their world.
After Christmas, there is New Year’s. After these merry and bright celebrations, there is the bleak winter ahead. For many, this is a difficult time of the year. It can feel desolate. How do we savor the wonder of that birth in the manger, that glorious birth and time of unimpeded hope and carry it with us like a beacon to light the darkest times of the year?
It won’t be easy. Bills will arrive in the mail. There will be harsh words from the boss. There will be misunderstandings with friends. How do we preserve the joy in that beautiful manger scene and let it permeate our souls all year long? We all need a guiding light in this world just as the star guided Mary and Joseph to that Bethlehem manger. Let that guiding light be this glorious birth of the savior. There as he lay swaddled in his mother’s arms, cradled in everlasting grace, remembering to take comfort and joy from this auspicious moment so far back in time, so wonderfully present today.
Christmas Speech for Church #3 – Worship Services
The previous Christmas speeches for church examples all focused on a specific audience. This short Christmas speech for church is designed for the pastor to be given to the entire congregation in celebration of Christmas.
How many of you were bombarded by Christmas lists this year–lists of gifts. Who wanted an iPad? What about a game console? Maybe you make lists of gifts you want to buy for others–your family and friends, perhaps the mail carrier or your kids’ teachers. It’s a time of gift-giving Christmas. Of course, we’ve come to criticize the commercial aspect of it, but most of us still take part in that tradition–those holiday sales, those beautiful wrappings.
But if you look past all those ribbons and bows, there is an extraordinary side to the giving of gifts. For one, I am reminded of the Three Wise Men who, following the star to the manger where Christ was born, traveled hundreds of miles to present gifts to the one they knew would be the savior of the world. Gift-giving is an integral part of the Nativity scene.
Certainly, we understand that the ultimate gift was Christ himself. Given by God, his father, to the world, Christ is our perpetual gift of love, comfort and redemption. Among our family and friends, we honor the idea or reciprocity. We receive a gift; we give a gift. In fact, we’re embarrassed to be caught without a gift for someone when they show up with a gift for us. We think hard about what gifts to give the people we love. Mom could use a new winter coat. Dad would really enjoy tickets to a hockey game.
But how do we reciprocate to the Lord for the gift of his son, and his son’s sacrifice? What gifts do we offer in thanks? In the spirit of giving? After all, we buy Christmas gifts for our pets. What is on your giving list for God this year? What do you suppose he would like?
It’s true, Christmas is not about all the stuff. It shouldn’t be. Most of us can certainly agree with that. And yet, the Bible tells us about those Three Wise Men and their gifts and each day we live with the gift of Christ’s sacrifice. There is tremendous beauty in this idea of giving.
So, I have to ask, what gifts shall we give to the Lord in return for his many blessings and, naturally, the gift of Jesus Christ. As a hint, you won’t find it on Amazon. You’ll have to shop your own heart. What does the Lord want from you? What can you give of yourself to glorify God’s many gifts?
I can’t tell you precisely what that gift should be. Oh, I could tell you he wants you to be a good Christian, but there are many ways you can demonstrate your Christian goodness. What exactly can you give to God this year? Will you give him your worries because such a gift represents your trust in him? Will you give him your time? Will you take time to pray each day? Will you give him your faith? In a world that often seems so flooded with lies, will you promise to live with the truth?
This Christmas, we honor the gifts of our Lord, the many blessings he has showered upon us–not only our possessions but our talents and experiences–all the experiences we can learn and grow from. This Christmas don’t leave Christ off your gift list. Find the perfect gift for him within yourself and give it whole-heartedly.
Christmas Speech for Church 4 – Toddlers and Young Children
With most of your church leadership’s focus on adults, creating toddler Christmas speeches for church can be challenging. Young ones generally have a harder time sitting and waiting during children’s time. That’s why it’s important to tell a good story to captivate this audience. They will be enthralled if it is interesting. Here’s an example that tells an interesting story. See how you could use its example to inspire your own toddler Christmas speeches for church.
Christmas is a special day as we celebrate the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Son of God and the most powerful king. He is our risen savior.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, was married to Joseph. Our heavenly Father made Jesus in Mary's womb. He also made you in your mother's womb.
Jesus of Nazareth died for our sins. The good news is he rose from the dead on the third day. He tells us we can live forever, with God, too. In Romans 6:23, God teaches us, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
The Bible says in James 4:17, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” Romans 3:23 tells us, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
God is love. God tells us in scripture, in Corinthians 13:4, “Love is patient, love is kind.” He loves you and wants you to love Him back.
If we ask God to forgive our sins, He will forgive and teach us how to forgive others. When you do something not right, God tells us in Matthew 6:14, “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”
We like to give and receive gifts on Christmas. God provides us with the gift of faith and the biggest gift of eternal life. He wants us to know in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
The Bible says in Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”
God gives believers talents and abilities to share with others. The gift of the Holy Spirit comes inside believers in Jesus Christ. The scripture tells us in Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law.”
We don't have to earn God's love because His love is a gift. God is happy giving us good gifts. James 1:17 teaches, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no change or shadow of turning.”
The gospel of Christ is the good news that brings us joy because of the birth of Jesus. Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ of Nazareth every year on Christmas Day.
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