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CHURCH YEAR - CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLE LIGHTING CEREMONY

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLE LIGHTING CEREMONY

[Person, not Pastor, lights the four Advent candles as service starts.]

[Reader 5-6 minutes]

Waiting. And watching.  The Advent season is a time of waiting for the celebration of the birth of our Lord, Messiah. And watching for His return.

Candles remind us that Christ is the Light of the World.

Light was God’s first creation.

And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.

Light led the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land.

By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.

David wrote,

The LORD is my light and my salvation--whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life--of whom shall I be afraid?

The prophet Isaiah predicted Messiah.

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those  living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.   

Simeon recognized Messiah when he saw the baby Jesus in the Temple.

a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.

Jesus used the words only YAHWEH God could use: I AM.

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.

John wrote, 

  In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

Our Christian walk is guided by His light.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

In the book of Revelation, John describes the New Jerusalem, the Holy City.

The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. There will be no more night.

From the beginning to the end. Light.

[Light the Christ candle.]

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were filled with fear.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.