Summary: Service order and message (message posted with service).
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son,
and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated
“God with us.”
Hymn #243 “Emmanuel” Congregation
Hymn #245 ”O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” Congregation
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called:
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Hymn #270 “Joy to the World!” Congregation
Hymn #249 “O Come, All Ye Faithful” Congregation
Hymn #265 “The First Noel” Congregation
And Mary brought forth her firstborn Son,
And wrapped Him in swaddling clothes,
And laid Him in a manger.
Hymn #262 “Away in a Manger” Congregation
Hymn #250 “O Little Town of Bethlehem” Congregation
Special “O Holy Night” Solo
The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us.
We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only,
Who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Hymn #259 “Angels, from the Realms of Glory” Congregation
Devotional Message Pastor
The Properties of Light
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” John 3:19-21
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.
Tonight, I want to tell you about the properties of light. Most of these you will agree are plain common sense. My hope is you will leave with a better understanding of the light in scripture.
First, light reveals what was hidden in the dark. The carpet and furniture in my house looks really good until you turn the light on. The light will show the spots in the carpet and it will show the dust and flaws in my furniture and will, in general, show me where I need to clean.
A prominent pastor in the Valley shared his past one day in Bible study. He referred to the passage in John 3:19-21. Before he came to Jesus as Lord he would visit bars in the area to drink his troubles away.
One bar in particular was his favorite because it was cool, dark, and generally very quiet. Along with the alcohol he could get a cheese burger. It was cooked on a griddle that gave it a special flavoring. The grease combined with a thick slice of cheese on a butter bun made it a fantastic lunch. After he came to Christ he would frequent the same bar and get that burger, but instead of alcohol he would get a coke. He would visit with some of the people he knew a share with them his new found relationship in Christ.
One Saturday he decided to take his wife to get one of the famous hamburgers. When they arrived he noticed that the normally darkened windows were cleaned of the dark shading. They walked in and discovered the inside well lit. He asked the owner and the owner explained they were doing some remodeling. He also asked if he and his wife would like two cheese burgers and two cokes. Pastor said yes and went to his usual table.
As they sat and visited he began to notice the condition of the bar. He could now see the dirt and grime on the floor. He also noticed that the tables were not particularly clean. In the light he could see the cook’s area and noticed that the grill had not been cleaned of anything for what looked like months. He saw dead cock roaches on the floor. The place literally was disgusting in the light. In the darkness he had noticed nothing but the light revealed all of the filth in the place. When the burgers arrived he was no longer hungry and as he lifted the glass to his lips he noticed that the bottom had not been cleaned. It had what looked like a crusted milk ring at the bottom. Needless to say he politely paid his bill, said goodbye. He left never to return.