Summerlea United Church
225, 50th Avenue, Lachine, Québec, H8T 2T7, Canada. 514-634-2651
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Summerlea Candlelight Service 2006

Thursday evening, December 7, 2006 featured Summerlea's annual candlelight service of Christmas carols and readings, enjoyed by the Summerlea congregation and visitors from the surrounding community.

The Summerlea choir under the direction of Summerlea music director Connie Osborne included some musical friends, and John Osborne on flute.

Greeters were Valerie & John Coffin and Dale & Frank Romagosa.

Other participants included:
Mel Cockhill: Opening Scripture Sentence
Marion Golden: Welcome and Greetings
Ruth Heim: Call to Worship Irene Turner: Prayer of Approach
Caryl Creith: A Christmas Prayer of Confession
Mike Biscott: Old Testament Lesson
Caroline & Richard Legault, John Parmater: New Testament Lesson
Barbara Moffat: Introduction of Guest Speaker
Jeff Barlow: Sermon
Barbara Davidson: Offering Dedication
Howard Clark: A Christmas Prayer
Caroline Legault: Lighting of the Candles
Ruth Heim: Benediction and overall organization.

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 (pickable to view a larger version).

Acadia Hall in readiness, setup by George Provias,
food and table settings by the Serendipity Group,
and lighting by Tom Pavlasek.
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The congregation awaiting, pews at front reserved for participants.
The choir and participants in readiness at the back of the sanctuary.

The service, lights on, candle-lit and a surreal effect as the lights came back on.

Music director Connie Osborne, Organiser Ruth Heim and
flautist John Osborne after the service.

Refreshments in Acadia Hall after the service,
and Michelle McKenzie glowing.

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

And once again we express the Christmas spirit
in the words of the traditional candlelight service hymn:

Let there be peace on earth,
And let it begin with me.

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