After dozens of Christmas eve services the change in the room when we lift lit candles continues to brighten my heart.
As we sing Silent Night, the ushers dim the sanctuary lights until the musicians can barely read their music. As the flame is carefully passed from one person to the next people cup their flame holding it close to their hymnal so they can read the words and music.
When everyone has a lit candle I ask that we hold our candles high and suddenly the whole room is brightly lit and we can all read our music and clearly see one another.
The LORD through Isaiah called an unnamed Servant to be a gentle light to all nations, carefully cupping a dim flame until it is able to burn brightly.
If we claim to be followers of Christ Jesus then this is also our call, to come so gently as to not even break a bruised reed so that God will open the eyes of the blind and set prisoners free from darkness.
I will have more to say about Isaiah 42:1-9 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 8:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 12th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor
A Tip for Parents
Do you remember your baptism?
The one downside to “infant baptism” is that children are often too young to remember the ritual when a congregation, on behalf of the whole Church, affirms that a particular child has been claimed by God.
Take time to talk with your children about your baptism, perhaps has your parents told you, and to remind them about their baptism.