We all enjoyed our annual "eating of pizza on Christmas Eve" and then followed the pizza eating by attending Christmas Eve service at our church. I love this service. It begins at 7:00 p.m. and as you can see . . .the sanctuary is filled with people. The youth choir (Cross and Flame Youth choir) sings at this service and we also had two soloists . . .one by a girl in the ninth grade . . .Colby . . .and she did an amazing job. My all time favorite EVERY SINGLE year is O Holy Night sung by Scott Brooks. Let me just tell you . . . .when he is singing, it feels like the Holy Spirit is "whushing" (I know that isn't a word but it describes what I want to say!!) through the sanctuary. He is not a professionally trained singer . . .he is a church member whom God has gifted with an amazing voice. He doesn't even read music. . . .but oh my goodness, can he ever sing!!! Holy Communion (Lord's supper) is served. Many years, I have been gifted with the awesome task of helping to serve but this year, I had a large boo boo on my foot. (another post for another day) As I knelt at the altar rail, our senior pastor, Andy, whispered "hop along" to me!! I love attending a church where our senior pastor knows me and knows about my silly foot (yes, I am on staff BUT I think he would know it even if I wasn't).
At the very end of the service, we sing Silent Night. When we reach the last verse, the organ and orchestra ceases . . . and everyone sings softly and we raise our candles to the New born King! It is so incredibly powerful. Just typing these words give me goosebumps!!!
|photo courtesy of Scott Schablow, Trinity UMC member|