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Christmas Eve 2012

Summerlea crèche Summerlea crèche
A few inches of fresh snow was the perfect setting for Christmas Eve services at Summerlea.
The homemade crèche was particularly lovely in the clear dark night. An island of calm.
Dave Pryce remarked how he had painted the backdrop with paint he bought at Pascal's Hardware!
That should give anyone of a "certain age" just how far back the crèche goes.

Christmas Eve crowd The crowd gathered early for the 7:30 "Family Service".
The crowd exceeded 200, the number of bulletins printed for the evening. Always a nice problem - not having enough bulletins!

In place of a sermon the youth group, under the able direction of Susam McKenzie, presented the Christmas pageant.
Michele & Cassandra McKenzie and Peer Maklan Joshua Osborne & Elena Roy Cassandra and Peter with 'Grandpa' Scott Patton Phillip and Raphael Freud with 'Baby Jesus'
Susan with Sean Bastien Three wise 'men' join: Maria & Nicole Provias and Caroline Rodd
Later in the service Director Connie distributed instruments to the Young Folk in the congregation for an impromptu
rhythm piece that brought the house down!
The service was wrapped up by the Summerlea Youth leading the congregation in
John Lennon's Happy Christmas/War is Over

But the "Family Service" is never really over until Susan supervises
the distribution of the homemade Gingerbread Men
so generously prepared by
Susan, Kevin, Keith and Cassandra McKenzie.

9:30 Communion Service

Connie Osborne & Leslie Field Connie Osborne & Leslie Field
The quieter later sermon was opened by Connie and Leslie Feild
singing Copeland's beautiful Do You Hear What I Hear?

The Christ Candle is lighted
Above we see Connie lighting the advent candles of
Hope, Peace, Joy and Love before the Christ Candle as the culmination of the Advent Season.
The candle she uses is taken from the Last Service at
St. Paul's Anglican Church in Lachine.

Barbara Moffat Barbara Moffat
Between the sermon and Holy Communion we were graced by
Barbara Moffat singing He Shall Feed His Flock from Messiah by G.F. Handel.

May your days be Merry and Bright
May all your Christmas' be White!

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