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Summerlea / St. Andrew's Candlelight Service 2003

Wednesday evening, December 10, 2003 brought the annual candlelight service of Christmas carols and readings, enjoyed by the Summerlea / St. Andrew's congregation and friends from the surrounding community. Arrivals were greeted by Dale & Frank Romagosa and Irma & Frits Van der Veen.

The choir under the direction of Summerlea music director Connie Osborne included members of the St. Andrew's and Summerlea choirs plus a few of their musical friends, with accompaniment by Tom Tucker on maracas for the rendition of "Come to Let Us Free" and John Osborne on flute for the "Lullaby to the Christ Child".

The candles in the Advent Wreath were lighted by members of the Poitras, McKenzie, Overbury, Trudeau and Higgins families.

Other participants included:
Jane Cowell-Poitras: Welcome and Call to Worship
Ruth Heim (for Edna Lee): Prayer of Approach and Benediction
Joan McCauley: A Christmas Prayer of Confession
Janet Smart, Sarah & Tom Cassidy: Scripture Readings
Jane Percy: Introduction of Guest Speaker
Carol Cole: Offering Dedication
Dail Krujelskis: A Christmas Prayer
Trish Higgins: Lighting of the Candles

Rev. Howard Clark delivered a message entitled "God's Fireworks", with some help from the younger set to illustrate the miracle of light in the darkness.

The service was followed by a time of fellowship and refreshments in Acadia Hall.

Thanks to Ruth Heim for organizing this event and to the Serendipity ladies and friends for arranging and providing the fellowship setting and refreshments.

Following are a few photos, most taken in low light and made visible only through the miracle of photo editing software.

The combined and augmented choir readies for the opening processional under the direction of Undeg Edwards (Connie was up front at the organ).
The combined and augmented choir readies for the opening processional.

The sanctuary fills in preparation for the service.

Singing "Let there be Peace on Earth" by candle light.

Lights on again, some candles still alight.

Acadia Hall awaits the throng after the service, with its decor and goodies prepared by the Serendipity ladies and friends (and Tom Pavlasek's festive lighting).
(The photographer got absorbed in conversation and forgot to capture the large crowd munching and talking.)

And another wonderful candle light service is now history.
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