Solo of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"

Christmas Eve Service began with the lighting of the Christ Candle followed by "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen."

Lantern lighters accompanied the singing.

Lantern lighters greeted attendees.

Lit lanterns were carried up the aisles of the church to the front of the sanctuary while those seated in the pews listened to "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen."

"Mothers of the Messiah" was a special reading.

Readers from "Mothers of the Messiah" lit candles.

Song Leader Linda Waber led Christmas carols.

Carol read "The Lord's Light Within."

Children received felt figures for the Nativity story.

Jackie Triebold assisted.

From young to old, the children participated.

Carol Gagliardi led the Felt Board Nativity activity.

The children listened and participated in the story.

Everyone enjoyed the story about the birth of Jesus.

The children were a highlight of the program.

More than a dozen children helped read the story.

Every child placed their felt figures on the board.

Attendees lined the church to take Communion.

Ushers line up last to receive Communion.

Attendees prepare to sing "Silent Night" by candlelight

The lights are dimmed in the church.

Attendees surround the pews and sing "Silent Night."