Shanghai Huai'en Church or Grace Church held a Christmas praise&worship service on Wednesday.
As early as December 13th, the church issued a notice, saying that due to the COVID-19, believers should bring the appointment card to make on-site appointments on that day and they planned to admit 800 participants.
So the believers with the regular appointment card entered the sanctuary, while some without it lined up to register to get a seat number.
In the hall, flowers were in front of the altar, and above it hung the words “Celebrate the birth of our savior”. A prelude sounded: "Silent night, holy night. All is calm, all is bright..."
After the scriptures’ reading, the choir presented three carols The Little Christ Child is Born for Us, King Is Born and Star of Bethlehem. Then based on Luke 2: 8-14, Elder Hu gave a sermon with the title of "A Good News for All the People." He told the congregation to think about the meaning of the birth of Jesus and the relationship between Him and each of them.
2020 is a special year, as people all over the world are in anxiety, fear, and panic. He asked what true peace was. The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ brings us peace, so we have to welcome Jesus in our hearts.
Finally, the Christmas worship service ended with the song "Merry Christmas to You".
At the end of the service, the staff thoroughly disinfected the venue to prepare for the Christmas celebrations on December 24 and 25.
Translated by Abigail Wu
(The article is originally published by Gospel Times.)