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Bible readings: Isaiah 9:2,6-7, Isaiah 4o:8-9, John 1:4-5, Luke 2:1-20, Psalm 121, Theme: For those who find celebrating difficult About the Image: This image comes from www.visualparadox.com - a great site for images. Reading: Into this Silent Night From Kneeling in Bethlehem by Ann Weems, Westminster John Knox Press, Story: King of Kings By Susan Hill and John Lawrence, Walker Books , 1993, ISBN 0744543266 (pictured at left). Although this is a children's book it makes a lovely reflection for adults. Prayer for Others: When the World was Dark From Cloth for the Cradle by Wild Goose Worship Group, Wild Goose Publications, 1997, ISBN 1901557014, page 92 (pictured in an earlier blog). I projected the words of this prayer with matching images and the music of Pie Jesu by Sarah Brightman and Paul Miles-Kingston on Andrew Llyod Webber's album, Gold (pictured on an earlier blog) Listening Song: Immanuel By Michael Card on his CD, The Final Word. Listening Song: Vespura By Aled on his album, Aled Jones (pictured at right). Response Activity: Taper Lighting Light the Christ candle somewhere near the beginning of the service and then throughout the service give a number of opportunities for people to light a taper in response to the following: 1. In memory of a loved one who had died 2. To acknowledge a loss - any kind of loss, not just a death 3. In thankfulness for family and/or friends 4. To acknowledge the hope that the birth of Jesus gives to each one of us.