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Old 12-20-2008, 12:02 AM
ChrisPrice ChrisPrice is offline
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Default how to conduct a candle light service

I have never been part of a Baptist Church that used candles during my membership there. The last time a lit a candle at Church I was a catholic alter boy in jr. high.

so how does one conduct a Candlelight Service. I get the feeling that I am exected to so and I have not been able to find anything in my library or on the net on how to got about. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-20-2008, 05:48 AM
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That's a good question. I'd like to know how to plan one too. My church is "planning" a Christmas Eve candlelight communion service but we aren't all that good at planning things, and since we invited the community, I'm a little apprehensive about it.
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Old 12-20-2008, 06:13 AM
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...and a follow up question...

How do you clean up after you've had one?

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Old 12-20-2008, 09:22 AM
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How our church does it:

We have our regular Christmas Eve service which is a bit more "dramatic" than a regular service. We have readings, special music to fit with the readings, graphics to fit on the screen, etc. At the end, pastor gives a gospel message (what better night than Christmas Eve? Other than a funeral....) and invites those who wish to come to Christ to come forward to let him know. He prays with them and after we're done singing (I can't remember which song we're doing this year), he has the pastors come forward, light their own candles from the candles up front, then asks the new believers to also light their candles. Everyone comes out of the pews and stands in the aisles and the pastors and new believers then go lighting other's candles - and pass it on. We do instruct everyone to tilt the unlit candle towards the lit candle so the wax doesn't drip. We have the little paper rings on the candles to help with that. As we're lighting the candles (the lights are turned off during this time), we sing Silent Night acapella. Once we're done, everyone lifts their candle high to show just how much light each little candle shows off in the darkness - just as the light that Christ puts in us can shine through the darkness of this world. Once that's done, we gently blow out the candles and sing Joy to the World to finish the service.

As for cleaning up? A bunch of paper garbage bags and irons clean the wax right up.
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Old 12-20-2008, 12:06 PM
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Or people remain seated in the pews and the ushers light the candles on the end, each person lights the candle of the person next to him.
The little cardboard rings are always a very good idea.

The candle lighting is usually the very last thing for logical and practical reasons. Singing Silent Night while lighting with everyone raising their candles on the last verse is traditional. Singing Joy to the World as part of the benediction follows nicely.

Then as people walk out several receptacles with sand, in which to throw the blownout candles, is good.
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Old 12-20-2008, 03:14 PM
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A couple of years ago when I planned the service in the church I was in, the choir, after their last song, came out of the loft and went down the side aisles with the last members meeting in the front center of the auditorium. As the members left the loft, they grabbed an unlit candle. The auditorium was darkened as this occurred. When all were in position forming a semi-circle across the front of the auditorium and down the side ailes, the choir center most member lit a match, lit his candle, and passed his light to a choir member on each side. That light was passed on until it reached the final member down each aisle. While the light was being passed a narrator read a succession of biblical passages about light coming into the world while the organ played. Once the passages were read and all the choir members candles were lit, the choir sang "Joy to the World". All the feedback I received said that it was a beautiful service.

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Old 12-20-2008, 10:18 PM
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We never lite candles, I thought it was a name given to late night services.

What is the symbolism of lighting the candles?

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Old 12-21-2008, 07:04 AM
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Karen and Annsni both described ours...

When one person lights their candle off another, it symbolizes evangelism
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:10 AM
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Well, here's a trivia item for you. Those paper thingy that keep your hands from contact with melting wax ... they are called bobeches. Ah, zee French ... zee propair word always, no?!
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Old 12-22-2008, 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by LeBuick
We never lite candles, I thought it was a name given to late night services.

What is the symbolism of lighting the candles?
Jesus - The Light of the World coming. "Passing the light" can symbolize evangelism. I've even had the people move outside while singing carols with our cabdles lit to symbolize taking the light into our community.

I've used a variety of "candle light" services in a variety of churches from very formal to informal. One was a "come and go" Lord's Supper service on Christmas Eve where the candles are the light in the room.

One service I've used tells the nativity story through candles and carols. There are candles representing all the characters in the Christmas story: Jesus, Mary, Joseph, angels, shepherds and the magi. As each enters the story through reading the nativity passages and singin carols, the candle(s) are lit. Each character's candle is extinguished except for Jesus. This is the only light left in the room. Candles are lit and the Light of Christ is passed throughout the congregation. Carols are sung and often we take the light outside.

A good rule of thumb is to have the lit candle held upright and then the non-lit candle leans in and takes the flame from the lit candle. Yes, we do give this instruction in spoken and/or written form. This action helps keep the drips down. The paper thingys are very important too. Also, it's best not to give smaller children a lit candle inside.

I hope everyone has a very joyous Christmas!

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