And yet, here you are reading more. Ugh, I guess I’d better say something.
The purpose of this article is to answer the question, “Will Good News Church be hosting Christmas Eve services this year?” The answer is “Yes, but it depends on how you define the word ‘eve’.”
One definition for the word “eve” is: “the day or period of time immediately before an event or occasion.” That is the way the word is used in the phrases “Christmas Eve” and “New Year’s Eve.”
And so, in that sense, yes, we will be having Christmas Eve services at Good News Church this year. In fact, we can accomplish that by sticking to our typical Sunday morning schedule. You see, this year, Christmas falls on a Monday. So, if we have our normal Sunday morning services (which we intend to do) we will be having services on Christmas Eve – meaning the day before Christmas.
The only way someone might disagree with this is by pointing out that “eve” is also sometimes used as a synonym for the word “evening.” Such a person could easily say, “Good News Church will not be having any Christmas Eve services, because their services are in the morning at 9:15 and 11:00am! That’s not a Christmas eve service; goodness, the sun is still out!
Ah ha, but there’s a problem with that. Because if you use the word “eve” to mean “evening” rather than “the day before a special occasion” then you’d have to admit that the phrase “Christmas Eve” refers to the evening of December 25, not December 24.
To put another way, I’m saying that “Christmas Eve Service” can only mean one of two things: either a service that takes place 8-10 hours after everyone has opened their gifts on December 25 (something Good News has never done) or else it means a service that takes place on the day before Christmas (which is what we are doing and always do.)
So, yes, Good News Church will be hosting two church services on Christmas Eve, at 9:15am and 11:00am on Sunday, December 24. But there will be no services on the evening of Christmas Eve this year.
Now, don’t you wish you’d have just stopped at the first paragraph and not read all the rest of this? Well, don’t say I didn’t warn you.