“This is the night children all over the world have looked forward to. It’s finally here – Christmas Eve. Remember when you didn’t think you’d ever get to sleep on this night – that Christmas Day would never come? This is also the night that Mary and Joseph found themselves with a stable for a hotel room. Mary was due to give birth at any time. I wonder how she felt, looking at that dirty manger and then actually having to use it to put her firstborn baby in. Instead of being ministered to by nurses or doctors or even a midwife, Mary gave birth among the animals, with Joseph by her side. Yet, angels proclaimed the news of the birth to shepherds and Mary had many things to treasure in her heart. Somehow, Jesus Christ was born exactly when and where and how God planned it. Tonight we light the center candle, the Christ candle, to celebrate the birth of our Savior. As we exchange our gifts with each other, let us remember the greatest gift of all – the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord. Merry Christmas!”
Advent Narration for Christmas Eve Service at First Christian Church, Mountain Home.
We were so honored to be asked to participate in the Christmas Eve service at our church tonight. Bud read the narration and I lit the advent candles. Following a wonderful sermon by John Black of Springfield, the congregation walked forward and received communion. As each of us left the communion table, we were handed a small white candle and formed a circle around the sanctuary. Light was passed, first from the Christ candle in the advent wreath, to every small white candle until there was a beautiful soft glow. The sanctuary lights grew dim and we were covered with light from the Christ candle. Together, the congregation sang Silent Night then exited quietly for home. What a beautiful celebration of the birth of Jesus. Merry Christmas indeed!