Christ­in­gle ser­vice makes Christ­mas Eve ex­tra spe­cial

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - CHURCH NEWS -

A con­gre­ga­tion of sev­eral hun­dred en­joyed a Christ­in­gle ser­vice at Blair­gowrie Par­ish Church on Christ­mas Eve.

The ser­vice was led by the Rev. Harry Mow­bray and at­tended by many fam­i­lies, with their chil­dren and young mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion tak­ing part.

Mr Mow­bray said Christ­in­gle tells the Christ­mas story in hymns and car­ols, and the ser­vice opened with the first carol,‘It’s Rounded Like An Orange’to the tune of‘The Holly and the Ivy’.

Young peo­ple of the Boys’Brigade Com­pany gave read­ings which ex­plained that the orange rep­re­sents the world, while the can­dle is to re­mind peo­ple of Je­sus, the Light of theWorld.

The red rib­bon around the orange rep­re­sents the blood of Je­sus, shed for the world.

The four cock­tail sticks with fruit and sweets show God’s good­ness in the pro­vi­sion of the earth through the four sea­sons. The sweets and dried fruit are to re­mind us of God’s gifts to the world, in­clud­ing kind­ness and love, which must be shared.

The young con­trib­u­tors were Connor Car­rie (The Orange, St Luke ch 2 vv 8-10); Monty Gra­ham (The Rib­bon, St Luke ch 2 vv 11-14, and The Can­dle, St Luke ch 2 vv 15-20); and Connor Car­rie (The Fruit).

Mid­way through the ser­vice chil­dren and some older mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion car­ried their Christ­in­gles with lit can­dles around the dark­ened church while the con­gre­ga­tion sang the carol,‘Still the Night’.

Other hymns in­cluded‘ItWas On a Starry Night’;‘The First Now­ell’,‘Away in a Manger’and ‘O Come Al­lYe Faith­ful’.

Mr Mow­bray thanked all who helped with the prepa­ra­tions, es­pe­cially Iso­bel Harper and her helpers who pre­pared the Christ­in­gles.

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