Spreading the light of peace across North America

Dec. 18, 2009 at 6:18 a.m.

For more than 20 years, the light of peace has been kindled annually in Bethlehem, Israel, and then sent around the world.

This year, it will come to the congregation at John Wesley United Methodist Church for the Christmas Eve Candlelight service.

Each year, a child from Upper Austria fetches the light from the grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The light is carried in three blast-proof miners' lamps from Israel to Austria, where it is distributed at a Service of Dedication to delegations from across Europe who take it, with a message of peace, to their own countries. The lamps are then carried to New York City. The goal of this effort is to help spread the light of peace across all of North America.

"It's hard to imagine, but incredibly inspiring, to think that the light from which we will light our candles on Christmas Eve was first lit at the place of Jesus' birth," said the Rev. David King, pastor at John Wesley UMC.

The public is invited to attend the service, which will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24, at John Wesley UMC, 8300 N.E. Zac Lentz Parkway.



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