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Monday, December 26, 2011

5,000 Candles

Every Christmas Eve, Scott and I look forward to the Candlelight Service at First Baptist Church of Orlando.  Our church is known for being quite large, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.  Although It may be considered a mega-church, there's a life group and/or sense of community for everyone.  

It's nights like Christmas Eve where I'm proud to be a member here.  Every year FBCO hosts a service dedicated to worship through music, remembering why we're celebrating Christmas the next day.  Jesus is the reason for the season, after all.  

 Everyone is handed a candle as they walk in, and to close the service we light 5,000 Candles.  The majority of the pictures you see below (except for a few at the bottom) were shot by a very talented friend of mine, Tim Smith at Honor Photography.  Thanks again, for capturing the night perfectly.
Silent night.  Holy night.

All is calm, all is bright.

Round yon virgin, mother and child.

Holy infant so tender and mild.

Sleep in heavenly peace.

Sleep in heavenly peace.

Here's a video I took from last year's service.  Since I filmed so much of the set-up in hopes of catching the congregation light up row by row, I only filmed the first verse of the song.  We sing all three verses of Silent Night, and as each verse is sung you lift up your candle higher and higher.

You can actually hear Scott singing, he's the one on my left with a surprisingly pleasant voice.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 2011

More Christmas stories to come...

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