Christmas Carols and Candlelight Service at Seventh-day Adventist Church
Michael Walker reports:
On Sabbath evening, 21 December, the Seventh-day Adventist Church held its annual Carol and Candlelight Service, to which the community was invited as usual. The response this year was far greater than previous years. Even before starting time, our church was filling up as people trickled in. We had to bring in extra chairs and church members were giving up their chairs to our incoming visitors. The sanctuary was full and spilling out into the foyer until there was standing room only!
The service began with a rendition by the choir singing “Lord of Sea and Sky”. The people were delighted to see the children taking part as they led us through the meaning of Christmas. Their presentations were interspersed with Scripture lessons and singing of carols
Eventually, Pastor Borrett gave a relevant message in which he drew attention to the journey of the magi to Bethlehem. They came to see the Christ-Child Who was born to be King! He climaxed his presentation by reminding everyone that we also need to make the journey, so to speak, in order to see Jesus Who came into this world as our Saviour. He ended his message by focusing on the true meaning of Christmas, which is spelt out in John 3:16 - that “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”
We ended the service with a collection that raised just under £200 for the East Coast Hospice which is soon to be built in Gorleston, Great Yarmouth. Afterwards, everyone was invited upstairs to refresh themselves with the seasonal fare of warm mince pies and mulled berry punch. Everyone then had the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other a little more
Pastor Michael I Walker,