Thoughts: God sent a man named John into the world. John came to bear witness of the Light. He was not that Light, but he came to bear witness of that Light.
Many of our Christmas carols mention that Light. Can you match the quotation with the carol?
____ Light and life to all He brings 1. Silent Night
____ And to the earth it gave great light 2. We Three Kings of Orient Are
____ In the light of that star lie the ages impearled 3. There’s a Song in the Air
____ Guide us to thy perfect light 4. The First Noel
____ As with joy they hailed its light 5. O Little Town of Bethlehem
____ Son of God, love’s pure light 6. Angels from the Realms of Glory
____ Yonder shines the infant light 7. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
____ Yet in thy dark street shineth the everlasting light 8. As with Gladness men of Old
Discussion: What is the significance of having only candlelight in the sanctuary when we sing “Silent Night” on Christmas Eve?
Activity: On Christmas Eve, give your own special light – a smile – to someone who does not expect it.
_____________________________________________________________________________________Remember in prayer this week Francis Corera, Bob Grusnick, Vivian Hansard, Mildred Parker, Wanda Payne, and Erika Truelove.
Tomorrow night, Wednesday, December 21, at 7:30pm is the final rehearsal for singers who wish to join the Chancel Choir on Christmas Eve at the 7:00pm to sing the Hallelujah Chorus. Your presence will be greatly appreciated.
This Friday, December 23rd, is the final and only rehearsal for the Reunion Handbell Choir. They will meet from 6:00 to 8:00pm first rehearsing and then enjoying supper together. They will be playing at the 7:00pm Christmas Eve service.
This Saturday is Christmas Eve. We have the family service with glow sticks and the Holy Family at4:30pm. Our traditional candles and choirs’ service will be at 7:00pm. No child care is available on Christmas Eve. Bring your family, bring your friends, invite your neighbor to one or both of our Christmas Eve services.
This Sunday, December 25, at 10:00am will be a birthday party for Jesus. We hope you can attend in your comfortable clothes, robe, and pajamas. No child care will be available this day.
The office will be closed on Monday, December 26th. Friday, December 30th, at noon will be your final opportunity to donate to our 2016 offering goals. Please bring in any contributions before noon on December 30th.
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