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An Inspiring Story of Peace

Christmas services at Willow Creek begin Thursday, December 21, and the creative team, musicians, pastors, and production teams are excited to bring a service full of traditional and reimagined Christmas music, opportunities to worship and connect, and a story that captures the spirit of this cornerstone holiday. "Christmas comes each year, regardless of what season we find ourselves in," says Creative Director Nick Benoit. "This year, we will wander down centuries past into the life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. One of his most well-known poems is 'Christmas Bells,' which he wrote on Christmas Day 1863 in the midst of hardship."

"As church bells resounded across Cambridge, Mass., that chilly morning," continues Nick, "Longfellow lifted his head to hope, finding a source of true peace, and penning the words that echoed those of the angels on the day Christ was born:

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.' " 

This Christmas, we invite you to discover peace as we worship together and celebrate the birth of our Savior. Be our guest at one of nine services beginning this Thursday. Click here to view all service times. 

Download the Christmas App

In addition to a breathtaking story, beautiful worship, and a message from Senior Pastor Bill Hybels, the creative team has a few interactive (and competitive) elements planned for the service! "We don't typically make church a competition," says Worship Director Matt Lundgren, "but this year is different! We created an app to play a game with 7,500 of our closest friends. So download the app now, charge up your phones, and bring your best Christmas spirit!"

The "Christmas at Willow Creek" app is available in the Apple store and on GooglePlay
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