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By Don Ford
Special to The PREVIEW
December 2013 brings some traditional Christmas worship services to Community United Methodist Church.
As the congregation and others have prepared for the celebration of the birth of Christ, we have decorated the Chrismon Tree, provided food, assistance and presents to a few families for a little happier Christmas, and made sure that no one goes without some heat source during this cold winter time.
Below are listed the special and regular worship services for the remainder of the year.
Saturday, Dec. 21, 6 p.m.
This new tradition for CUMC is a service for those who, for some reason, are not as excited about the season. Perhaps a family member has passed away, or perhaps one has memories of unpleasant Christmas’ in the past, or perhaps one is having a difficult time in providing a full Christmas that children have come expect, or perhaps, well, the reasons may go on. This short service held on the longest night of the year, Dec. 21, will help the folks in similar circumstances cope with their losses.
Sunday Dec. 22
Our regular Sunday worship services will continue on the fourth Sunday of Advent. Advent is the time of the year when people prepare for the birth of our Savior.
Next to our Chrismon Tree in the sanctuary is the lighted cross. Both of these represent new life for all. We will light our fourth Advent candle, which represents peace. The three previous candles represented hope, love and joy. This fourth candle of peace is something that is surely needed in this world, in this country and even in this community. The services are held at 8:15 and 11 a.m.
Our Christmas Eve Traditional Candle Light service will be at 7 p.m. At this service, a service of music and the Christmas story is told in scripture, highlighted with our candle lighting, in which the congregation participates. Following the candle lighting, we close with the hymn “Joy to the World” the Lord has come. At 5 p.m., we offer a very casual story time of the events as they unfolded in Matthew and Luke. Children are encouraged to participate, with costumes provided and hymns that tell the story. A birthday cake will close this service. After all, it is a birthday party for Jesus.
New Year Eve
This informal worship service at 9 p.m. is led by Gene Haning, the lay leader of CUMC. He has provided this service for a number of years. The midnight hour comes at 10 p.m. our time, followed by a breakfast. All are welcome and invited to come and enjoy and celebrate the “reason for the season.”