PDT Staff Writer
Cornerstone UMC ushered in the special holiday with a Christmas Eve Candle-lighting service which began at 11 p.m.
Pastor Tim Roth said the Christmas Eve services are very important at Cornerstone UMC.
“The Christmas Eve services are definitely the highlight of the month, especially the candle-lighting portion of the service,” Roth said.
Roth said Cornerstone also hosted another Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m., which they call a ‘Family Service,’ that included a children’s choir and nativity.
He said the candle-lighting is important, because light represents many good things in the bible.
“Light represents truth, love, and life. Jesus said that he is the light of the world, but he also says in the book of Matthew that you are the light of the world. So our challenge is to go share our light with the world,” Roth said.
The service began with at musical prelude of Christmas carols.
Associate Pastor, Tom Charles performed the welcome and spoke.
“We have been preparing to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. During Advent, we had the opportunity to light four candles on our Advent wreath,” Charles said.
According to Charles, the four candles lit during the Advent symbolize Christ being the hope, the way, our joy, and our peace.
“Tonight we are going to light the large candle in the center of the Advent wreath. The candle that we like to call the Christ candle,” Charles said.
Congregation was lead in a series of responsive readings, and sang Christmas carols, ‘Joy to the World,’ ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem,’ and ‘Silent Night.’
Special music was provided by soloist, Amy Howard, who rendered a melodic rendition of ‘O Holy Night.’ Roth delivered a message entitled, ‘God With Us This Christmas.’
The service also included the ‘Passing the Light’, in which ushers passed a candle down each pew as the light went from person to person each each row until all were lit.
Congregation then sang ‘Silent Night.’ The church was given the charge by Roth to go and be lights to the world.
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