SPECIAL WORSHIP SERVICE – Hanging of the Greens 2015



This service was written to teach us the history and meaning of the symbols, which surround us at Christmas. The goal is not just to learn Church History or to decorate the church's buildings, but rather to saturate Christmas with Christ, so that no matter where we look or what we see, all of it drives our hearts and minds to Jesus. 

For those interested, here is a Hanging of the Greens Service Script and the Bulletin for the service. Feel free to use or reproduce them. 


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Nov 29 – Hanging of the Greens Service and Dinner

Hanging of the Greens

A Christmas Service with a Christmas Dinner

On November 29, 2015 at 5:00PM we'll get together to decorate Oakland for Christmas, but this year we're going to take time to remember the symbolism of the decorations we put up around our homes and church. 

Afterwards, we'll gather for a Christmas dinner complete with Ham and Sweet Potatoes. 

Our goal is to recover the latent meaning of so many common symbols around us, and to learn to use them as visible reminders to enjoy Jesus and to celebrate his birth. We want to put Christ back in Christmas, but even more we want to make Christ all of Christmas, so that there is no part of Christmas decorations or events that doesn't drive your heart and mind to love and cherish and celebrate the baby that was born to die. We want to surround ourselves with reminders of the great Rescuer, who left the safety of Heavens and came behind enemy lines to save us.