Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas 2008

CHRISTMAS 2008

Christmas officially started with the lighting of the Christ candle on Christmas eve. This is a solemn occasion, full of awe and wonder for the church. Unless something unexpected happens…
Many years ago when I was singing in a Presbyterian choir, it was time to light the Christ candle on the Advent wreath. Usually the Advent wreath is placed on the altar center front. However, in this church it was suspended over the lectern. After all five candles were lit, a well-meaning volunteer maintenance helper noticed that the wreath was hanging slightly crooked. He decided to do a tiny adjustment. No one noticed him working on the ropes in the darkened balcony.
The choir was seated, behind the lectern, facing forward. Suddenly one of the candles on the outer rim lit the close-by rope. We had a blazing fire. As choir members, we had to act calmly for the entire congregation to reflect. Someone came to the front with an extinguisher and put out the fire. To tell you the truth, I don’t remember how the service ended. Probably we ended with quietly singing Silent Night, with lit candles, and no talking, as usual.
Peace on earth, Good will toward men. In this world of uncertainties, this is the message we Christians must reflect to the world. They are watching and will be led to the hope of peace and of directed light from above.
Christmas represents new hope for the world. Many of you have deep hurts that surface during this holiday season. May you see and reflect the light, the true light, Jesus the Promised One.
Blessings to you and to those who see the Light through your candle.

10 comments:

thekingpin68 said...

'The choir was seated, behind the lectern, facing forward. Suddenly one of the candles on the outer rim lit the close-by rope. We had a blazing fire. As choir members, we had to act calmly for the entire congregation to reflect. Someone came to the front with an extinguisher and put out the fire.'

We had a fairly uneventful Christmas season. A fire would liven things up, but more than I would appreciate. I do have a fire extinguisher.

I look forward to more socializing before New Years.

Thanks, Vicki.

Russ:)

Jody said...

It seems there's never a dull moment when we're in the choir. I've been part of choirs over the years, and it is always fun. Merry Christmas and my God grace your New Year.

Gigi said...

Wow...nothing like a little drama in church on Christmas Eve!

We had a lovely Christmas Eve service ...and like that night you wrote of, we ended with members of the choir holding candles, dispersed throughout the church, everyone singing Silent Night. Beautiful...

Vicki said...

Hi Russ,
Needless to say, this was a service to remember! It seems funny now, but it was hair raising at the time.
Blessings,
Vicki

Vicki said...

Hi Jody,
I miss being in the choir. With my piano teaching schedule it is impossible for me to go to weekly rehearsals.
I hope your Christmas was delightful.
Blessings,
Vicki

Vicki said...

Greetings Gigi,
I notice that you are with others often. Are your children close by?
I'm glad you had a good Christmas. I know that there were very difficult times throughout.
Know that prayers and love surround you.
Blessings,
Vicki

Farrah said...

My hair got on fire while I was singing at church once! It was down past my waist, and I had sat down to rest a moment. Turns out there was a candle behind me. That was exciting! Praise God, nothing came of it. My dad noticed and acted quickly. :-)

Merry Christmas!! :-)

Tamela's Place said...

hello Vicki,

Thankyou for your prayers and the Christmas blessings. Things are beginning to slow down some. Praise the Lord for rest! Even as i rest though i do desire to burn with the Light of Jesus in my life..


Blessings to you and Jim and have a wonderful New year!

Vicki said...

Farrah,
I would say that your "fire" was more frightening than mine was. I'm so very happy that your father reacted quickly and that you were unharmed. I would say that is definitely a miracle.
Blessings to you, Farrah, I'll be visiting your site later today. I must work now.
BLessings,
Vicki

Vicki said...

Hi Tamela,
Thanks for dropping by. I hope you can catch up on your rest before the New Year.
Blessings to you and to your family,
Vicki

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