December 22, 2017
Just a few days before Christmas, on Friday, December 22, the congregation gathered for an evening of songs and Scripture readings, all reflecting on Jesus’ birth. The lights in the sanctuary were dimmed as people arrived, and the first songs were instrumental versions of “Go! Tell It on the Mountain,” “What Child Is This?” and other carols.
Before the main program began, a Christmas gift was presented to the pastor and his wife, Darrel and Debbie Lee. Four Oilar siblings presented apple-themed gifts, and each one had a poetic card to go with it. For example, two mugs with apple imagery came with a card stating, “For all you do for us, thanks a bushel!” The last gift included two Apple iPads. After everything was opened and read, Brother Darrel thanked everyone and said he is also thankful to be able to work with such great people year round.
The Candlelight service continued with Samuel Asaya reading the first Scripture of the evening from Isaiah 7:14, “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Then the congregation sang “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” Patrick Lee read next from Isaiah 9:6-7, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace . . .” and the congregation sang “That Beautiful Name.” Later, the choir sang “Light, Out of the Darkness” from the Christmas concert.
Following Cheyenna Hall’s reading of Luke 2:1-7, Randy Kaady sang the spiritual “Sweet Little Jesus Boy.” An octet sang the stirring song “Mary, Did You Know?” and the choir sang “Here with Us.” The program concluded with the musicians lined around the perimeter of the sanctuary and holding lit candles as everyone sang “Silent Night.” It was a beautiful evening from start to finish.
Watch the full service in the Media Center.