In continuation of tradition, City Harvest Church (Singapore) held its annual candlelight service during the weekend before Christmas, on 20 December 2009 at Singapore Expo.
Senior pastor Kong Hee shared a simple but resounding sermon on the five things about God we should know — that God is wonderful, He is our Counselor, our Prince of Peace, the Mighty God and finally, the Everlasting Father. He also talked about lives changed by the intervening power of God, and capped the sermon with an altar call.
When the lights dimmed, the flame that was lit on stage passed on to the congregation, each member holding a candle in a cardboard wax holder. Soon, the whole hall was illuminated with tiny amber glows. It was a captivating sight that aptly underscored the message of Christmas — that One was born in the midst of darkness to lead the way. The service ended with the singing of carols and exchange of greetings, in anticipation of the upcoming Christmas Day.
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That weekend also saw the return of Kong’s wife, Sun, an international pop artist who has been based in the United States for the last few years. She was back for a long-awaited, week-long Christmas reunion with her family.