(begin with all lights off except for cross & windows & rope lights & Tree & icicles – read from front of platform)
In the Beginning was the WORD. And the word was? The word was God. And the word was with God. But the word was what?
The WORD was the catalyst of creation, all things were created through the word. But still the word was what?
Try again. In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was formless and darkness covered the face of the deep. Then God spoke into the darkness saying “Let there be light!” and there was light. (crack/activate light stick – light sticks scattered throughout congregation will also be activated now)
There! There it is! The WORD was LIGHT! In the light was life for all and in the life was light for all. The Word was Light!!!!!
But the darkness remained. For God separated the Light from the darkness and said that it was good. But the darkness remains…
As the years fly by God’s people strive to be people of the word, people of the light. But just beyond the glow is the darkness. Always it seems like the darkness is trying to overtake the light. Empires rise and fall. Prophets and wise women speak out and are silenced. Still the WORD, the LIGHT, is there, shining.
At various times the light is hidden, the word seems silent (drape cloth over the light stick) but the light never goes away. For behold, the light shines in the darkness but the darkness has not, will not, and can not overcome it (uncover the light stick).
And so, all those who walk in times of great darkness still gather to have light shined upon them. And so we gather in search of the light, which shall be for all people, Glory to God in the highest! And on Earth Peace. (lights go on)