Easy, Free, Meaningful Candle-Light Service
I am pleased to announce that I finally have last-year’s candle-light service online, for all to enjoy and perhaps perform in other churches.
This candle-light service is quite easy to perform. All the lines can be read off a page (although memorization is, of course, preferable) and there is virtually no acting. The songs can be changed for easier ones, and if there is no band, most congregations can sing these songs acapella. We pulled off this performance with only one dress rehearsal!
Although it may be easy, this drama is far from shallow.
The writing of it began when I started my work-day listening to K.D. Lang’s rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Immersed in the lyrics and tone of the song, I became suddenly aware of the hopelessness, darkness, despair and nameless longing of our world – especially as an undercurrent of this season. Through tears I cried out in desperation to God, “Lord, send your light!”
Composed mostly of Scripture verses, this drama is part of God’s answer to my prayer. I pray that it will bring light to your community this Christmas season just as it brought light to ours last year.
After listening to this program once, you may enjoy muting all the talking podcasts, and enjoying the music sections over and over as congregational-style christmas carols and hymns.
It’s been a few years since I put this up, and every year it seems to be clicked on more than the last. If your church performs this, and if they record it somehow, feel free to post a video/audio link in the comments below. I’d love to see what others are doing with this material! Thanks!