Summerlea United Church
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

225 50 Av, Lachine, Québec, H8T2T7, Canada. 514-634-2651
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Summerlea / St. Andrew's Candlelight Service 2004

Thursday evening, December 9, 2004 featured Summerlea's annual candlelight service of Christmas carols and readings, enjoyed by the Summerlea / St. Andrew's congregation and visitors from the surrounding community. Arrivals were greeted by Ruth & Euan Crabbe and Marg & Bill Lynn.

The choir under the direction of Summerlea music director Connie Osborne included members of the St. Andrew's and Summerlea choirs plus some of their musical friends, with accompaniment by John Osborne on flute for the French traditional carol "Bring a Torch".

The candles in the Advent Wreath were lighted by members of the Rodd, McKenzie, Roy & Smart / Cassidy families.

Other participants included:
Chris Maragoudakis: Opening Scripture Sentence
Marion Golden: Welcome and Call to Worship
Barbara Davidson: Prayer of Approach
Dail Krujelskis: A Christmas Prayer of Confession
Darryl Macdonald: Soloist in Past Three O'clock and Guest Speaker
Michelle McKenzie, Kim & Alayna Roy, Keith McKenzie: Scripture Readings
Howard Clark: Introduction of Guest Speaker
Donna Corbin: Offering Dedication
Michael Biscott: A Christmas Prayer
Trish Higgins: Lighting of the Candles
Ruth Heim: Benediction and overall organization.

In his sermon, "In Your Dreams", Darryl carried us from the dreams we have at night to the dream of a better world for all.

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. You can pick the photos to view a larger version if desired.

Acadia Hall in readiness.
Before the service Acadia Hall was in readiness,
set up by the ladies of the UCW Serendipity Group,
with Tom Pavlasek on lighting.

Angel banners in the Chancel.
The angel banners in the Chancel were made by Barbara & Jim Miller, Sheila Hébert, Mary Guynan & Helen McDowell.

The choir, led by Connie Osborne, assembled at the rear of the church.
(The photographer could not find an empty seat to get a better shot.)
Chris Maragoudakis read the opening sentence before the processional hymn
"Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Plus de nuit, le jour va naître"
The choir assembled at the rear of the church. The choir assembled at the rear of the church.

Lights still on, the wonderful choir sang to a full house.
The Choir sang to a full house.

Lights out, the candles were lighted to sing "Let There Be Peace on Earth".
Then the lights came on again.
Candles alight. Candles alight. Candles alight.

After the service everyone repaired to Acadia Hall to enjoy coffee, cake and conversation.
Acadia Hall after the service. Acadia Hall after the service.

Some of the younger participants hammed it up for the photographer.
L-R: Shauna Overbury, Michelle McKenzie (back), Meghan Overbury,
Cassandra McKenzie, Erin Overbury, Alayna Roy
Acadia Hall after the service.

So once again Summerlea's candle light service inspires us
with the joy and awe of the Christmas season.
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