Remembering the Reason for the Season
First Christian Church holds annual Christmas Eve service
Amidst all the shopping, cooking, gift-giving and gift-taking, the First Christian Church strives to remind people of what is truly important this time of year.
Chuck Terrill, First Christian Church senior minister, said the Christmas Eve service will be held on Dec. 24 at 6 p.m.
“What makes this service different from others is there will be a communion, and at the end, candles are lit,” Terrill said. “The sanctuary is lit by only candle light.”
Terrill said the meaning for the candles is that Jesus is the light of the world and the church wants to acknowledge that.
“The service will be simple and traditional, but very meaningful,” Terrill said. “It will be quiet and acoustic, where we can really focus on Jesus and why he came.
“We will talk about the nativity and Christ, and I am really looking forward to it.”
Terrill said it will build on some past traditions of the Christmas Eve services.
“It is going to be in the evening because winter days are dark and long,” Terrill said. “Into the darkness was shown a great light, according to the book of Luke.”
Terrill said the candles will also represent the light of Christ that has come into the world and offered a brand new beginning to people.
“In the very beginning in the book of Genesis, it says Christ was the light,” Terrill said. “He still is the light of the world so we will focus on that.”
Terrill said about 60 people showed up in past years, and everyone is always welcome to join this service just like any other. The communion will be open for all those who wish to participate.
“Jesus is really the only thing that all of us have in common, and our bond in Christ is not only for here, it is forever,” Terrill said. “I have a motto for my ministry that says, ‘Building a place for now, and a people forever.’
“I think it is just fantastic when people can get together in the here and now and know that we will be together in Christ for eternity.”