Ideas for using this service can be found here
We light our first candle
a single light that the deepest darkness cannot conquer
but a sign of hope.
Let it speak to us of the tiny flame of hope buried within us
the stubborn little light that refuses to be extinguished
by all that life has thrown at it.
We light our second candle
a companion to the first
equally small equally insignificant
but witnessing to hope that another light
Let it speak to us of the lights of companionship
of our families and our friends
and kindnesses found in unexpected places that
restored our hope in human nature.
We light our third candle
recalling nights of watching and waiting
when dawn seemed to ebb further from the horizon
and hope seemed forlorn.
Let it speak to us of the sureness of morning
of the passing of darkness
and the promise of an eternal sunrise
dawning for those we have loved and lost
and dawning too for us
though we may yet be in that darkest hour
before the dawn.
We light our fourth candle
marking the closing of the Advent season
and the immediacy of Christmas
a time of peace and joy we may not ourselves feel able to welcome
as our spirits dwell in dark and wintriness.
Let it speak to us of hope
of being together in this place of healing and wholenesss
of our companionship this night
at the turning of the year
of faith that we and those we have loved and lost
are held eternally in the hand of the One who brought light into being
and who knows each one of us by name.
suggestions can be found
|Cloth for the cradle remembering|
Once ready gentle Christmas music plays as people are invited to put their cloths in the cradle.
Once all in place, baby is ceremonially placed in manger. (Maybe with words about the Child who came into the world of darkness to bring light death > new life, etc )
Christ light is lit (the people who walked in darkness? John 1?)
To follow! Currently on Kathryn's computer at work!
|Reader||May God bless
us and those we love -
particularly those we have recalled during this service
through the days ahead.
And until we all meet again
may God hold us in the palm of his hand.
MAY GOD HOLD US IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND.
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