Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Carols by Candlelight

Sunday at 7.0 p.m. saw the start of our series of Christmas services, with the Candlelit Carol Service. With handheld candles and additional Candlelight around the church, we celebrated the story of Christmas, in words and music.

The series of lessons read by different members of the congregation reminded us how humanity had rejected God’s standards, but how he had sent Jesus, his son, to redeem the fallen world and restore fellowship with him. The mix of traditional congregational carols and choir items took us through that same sequence.

The brief address from our vicar, Steve, encouraged us to look beyond the baby to the one who died at Calvary and wants to be our Saviour. He then led us in prayer for our fallen troubled world.

Those who stayed around afterwards enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies.

Our next step in remembrance of the Christmas story is the Christingle and Crib service at 4.0 p.m. on Christmas Eve, followed by the Midnight Communion at 11.30 p.m.