Christmas is a wonderful time for traditions and memories. Many of us can think back and remember sweet moments from years gone by. Maybe it was how or when your family’s Christmas tree was decorated. Or family dinners at the grandparents house with all the cousins, aunts and uncles. Maybe it was the reading of The Night Before Christmas, as you and your siblings settled in to bed. Or maybe it was going to the Christmas Eve Candlelight service at your parents church.
Growing up the Christmas Eve Candlelight service was one of our favorite Christmas Eve traditions. We attented a beautiful wood finished church in Philadelphia, PA. I thought it was one of the prettiest places in our neighborhood come Christmas. Decorated in live greens, white lights, and candles, the wood background created an amazing sight that I will never forget.
But more than the decorations, the service was a holy celebration of the arrival of the Christ-child. We sang carols, listened to the Christmas Story, and lifted high our hand-held candles as we sang Silent Night.
The Christmas Eve Candlelight service has remained a constant tradition. As a father and pastor, I now share the tradition with my children and those who gather with us each Christmas Eve. Perhaps you too, once shared the tradition of Christmas Eve services when you were young, but the business of this life has kept your away. Or maybe you’ve never experienced a Christmas Eve Candlelight service. Or maybe you are new in the area and are looking for a Christmas Eve Candlelight service to attend with your family. If any of these are you, then let me invite you to join me this Christmas Eve!
Harvest Church will begin a new tradition as we celebrate Christmas Eve for the first time! Harvest Church, a new church in the Peters Township/Canonsburg area, will host it’s first Christmas Eve Candlelight service, Monday, December 24th, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. Harvest Church is a little unlike any other church in the community. Harvest is an independant, reformed church that worships in a contemporary style. Relaxed, comfortable and welcoming, Harvest is a wonderful place for those looking for a church to call home, who haven’t been to the church in a while and those who have never been to church before.
This Christmas Eve, Harvest will gather to celebrate the birth of Christ with contemporary carols, a children’s Christmas message, the reading of the Christmas story, a Christmas devotional from our pastor, and the lighting of candles. The service will begin at 6:00 p.m. but we encourage you to come early to meet some of our families and our pastor.
Harvest meets in McMurray at, 201 Thompsonville Rd. Just look for the luminaries lining the driveway. Directions are available at the Harvest website, www.HarvestChurchToday.org, or by emailing our pastor at, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come and begin a new tradition this Christmas. Come and discover Harvest Church this Christmas Eve.