Christmas 2019


Longest Night Service

The ecumenical Blue Christmas worship service was held in our sanctuary on Saturday, December 21st, offering a time and space for grieving our losses, acknowledging our pain, and taking comfort in God’s abiding love and care for us. The service was one of prayer, litany, scripture and hymns, in an atmosphere of quiet meditation.

Christmas Eve Service

Candlelight, harp and pipe organ music, and the singing of Christmas carols filled the sanctuary on December 24, the night of our annual Christmas Eve service. Worshippers filled every seat, including the chairs on the chancel, and overflowed into Coleman Hall where the service was shown live.

Jillionna Bailey Plemmons opened the service with a 30-minute prelude of harp music. Director of Music Ministry/Organist Angie Jenkins accompanied the hymns and concluded the service with “And the Glory of the Lord” from The Messiah as the postlude.
Members John and Sandy Barrows read scripture and lit the Christ Candle, the final candle of Advent.
Isabelle Burkhart, violinist, accompanied the singing of carols.
Pastor Curtis called the youngsters in the congregation to the front to
participate in the Children’s Moment.
Curtis led the children in a short impromptu enactment of the Christmas story, complete with a baby Jesus doll, robes for Mary and Joseph, and a variety of animal ears and horns for the stable menagerie.
Stell Huie gave a stirring solo rendition of “O Holy Night,” accompanied by Angie Jenkins.
Co-pastors Emily and Curtis offered the Sacrament of Holy Communion to all congregants.
All were invited to partake of the Eucharist, served by intinction, and
accompanied by the singing of Christmas carols.
After Communion was served, the church lights were dimmed and worshippers lit candles throughout the sanctuary while singing “Silent Night.”
A congregant reached out to Pastor Emily to re-light her candle which had blown out as she walked down the aisle.
As the church lights were brought back up, worshippers sang “Joy to the World” and went out into the night, surely with hopeful hearts and the
assurance that the Light of the World will never be extinguished.

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