CANDLE NIGHT SERVICE
A few hours before the clock hit 12 midnight and 2021 becomes a part of the past, the people of God as well as the visitors from all over the world came to the Synagogue, Church Of All Nations Thessalonica, in order to welcome the New Year in the presence of God!
During this special sermon, the man of God Harry, in a timeless message titled “CHANGE YOUR WAY OF LIFE”, mentioned that it is common at the end of every year for all of us to make some decisions for our lives, in order to change and not repeat the same mistakes through the next year. Yet, it is a fact that we have seen many years change, while we remain the same, continuing our previous way of living. Our decisions for the New Year are proven to be shallow and unsteady, since they are not rooted in God’s Word! Most of us are just certain for Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God who came to die for us, so that we can receive our healing and our deliverance, but we are not changed!
The man of God pointed out that the main reason why this all is happening is because we have lost our focus. Our focus is not steady on Jesus Christ. With the purpose of encouraging the people of God and to help them believe that there is still hope to make a new beginning this New Year, he spoke to them through the words of Apostle Paul in Philippians 3:12-14. “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
He then explained that many of us have given up on the race of faith and we focus on our past, our old way of life instead of focusing on our future in Christ Jesus, following the example of Apostle Paul! Therefore, we need to change our way of living and thinking, and start thinking the way God created us to think. Summarising his message, he noted that such a change can only be achieved through a change of behavior, change of character and a change of our general approach towards life!
Later on, the man of God moved throughout the church and lit the believer’s candles one by one. He explained that the fire symbolises the fire of the Holy Ghost that lit in our spiritual life, so that from now on we will walk in accord with God’s will for our lives.
He highlighted that God has a plan for every one of us! If we want to participate in His divine plan, we have to change our way of life and live according to His will.
Below, you can see pictures from the special candle light service that took place on the night of Friday, 31 December 2021. Believers from all over the world chose to be in the presence of God and not some other place, believing that God will honour them for their genuine faith!