Summary: Discovering a renewed heart for worship at Christmas
Classic TV Christmas
The Heart of Christmas Worship
The Little Drummer Boy
In the Classic TV Christmas Special, the Little Drummer Boy, Aaron, is a wandering orphan who harbors an intense hatred for people because of the hurt inflicted upon him. He has seen his mother and father brutally murdered, he has been captured and enslaved by unscrupulous desert entertainers and finally one of his beloved pets has been stolen from him and sold to a caravan of Magi on a quest.
But this wounded little boy has an incredible transformation that takes place. It begins with a turning point in his journey.
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In this tragic tale is a lesson for each of us as we approach the Christmas season. Our hearts will be caught up in worship when we follow the star to its destination.
This Christmas Season we can except to encounter new worship experiences when, like The Little Drummer Boy our face is set towards Bethlehem.
T.S. The Chrstmas Story is one filled with protraits of worship and by examining them we gain a glimpse of what our worship experience should be like as we journey to Bethlehem this Christmas season.
There are three obvious aspects of worship associated with Jesus coming to earth. They define for us a pattern to follow for Worship during the Christmas season.
Our Guides for this journey will be different examples of worshippers in the Christmas Story.
Through them we see that our Journey to Bethlehem will lead us to . . .
I. Personal Acts of Worship
Honor, reverence, homage, in thought, feeling, or act, paid to specifically and supremely to God.
Reverent devotion to God; the rituals or ceremonies by which this reverence is expressed.
--Mary is a Worshipper
46 And Mary said:
"My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, NIV
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. NIV
--Wise Men Worship
10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. NIV
A. Upward Element
-- Acts of reverence and honor directed toward God.
o Mary Sings
o Shepherds Journey
o Wise Men Bow
B. Outward Element
-- Acts of reverence and honor directed toward others.
o Mary shares with Elizabeth
o Shepherds return with rejoicing
o Wise men declare to Herod.
Therefore worship is both declarative and demonstrative
Appl: We should expect that our journey to Bethlehem will lead us to personal acts of worship. Some which will be upward directed just to God, others will be outward acts reverence and honor.