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Youth and their parents at St. Luke United Methodist Church receive last-minute instructions as they prepare to serve coffee and buns to con- gregants at the Service of the Love Feast. Happy Thanksgiving May Happiness Surround You at Thanksgiving Thank you for being such an important part of our year. We wish you and yours all the best this holiday season. America's Drive•In Sonic of Goldsboro 404 N. Berkeley Blvd., Goldsboro 919•751•3323 Greg Foster Agent 908 E Ash Street Goldsboro, NC 27530 919-735-9122 We hope your holiday is filled with an abundance of good food, good company and good times. Happy Thanksgiving! to our cherished friends and customers! From our family to yours, go our sincere best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving We appreciate your business. Thank you for making our success possible with your kind support. Customers and Friends like you mean so much to us, and we are grateful. Happy Thanksgiving Jackson Auto Mart 106 Rones Chapel Rd. 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St. Luke's Love Feast By BECKY BARCLAY The St. Luke United Methodist Church Love Feast will be held Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the church. This will be the fifth year the event has been held. "Today's Love Feast is a special celebration that has its origin in the agape meals of the first century church," said Mickie Braswell, church member. "The custom was revived in 18th-Cen- tury Germany when the Moravians in German, who were perse- cuted for their faith, worshipped in their homes with a service of sharing food, prayer, religious conversation and hymns." She said that John Wesley, one of the founders of Methodism, experienced the Love Feast in 1737 while worshipping with Moravians in Savannah, Georgia, and found it to be a celebration "so decent and solemn in manner as a Christian of the apostolic age would have allowed to be worthy of Christ." Braswell said the Love Feast is one of the most recognized serv- ices during Christmas, and has been observed by Methodists, as well as the Church of the Brethren and the Moravian Church. "St. Luke wanted to observe the Love Feast tradition in Golds- boro by offering to the community the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with a service of sharing Christian fellowship, medita- tion, food, song and prayer," she said. "As a part of that sharing, all offerings from the congregation will be given to the American Red Cross." Braswell said the Methodist tradition began as part of the Methodist Society Meetings in England and the celebration came to American Methodism with the early immigrants. "Though the service has its roots in the Moravian tradition, it is far different today than in its early years," she said. "Like the Moravian service in Winston-Salem with services first held in Old Salem and lately in Wait Chapel on the Wake Forest campus, cer- tain Moravian traditions are still practiced at St. Luke, such as prayer, hymns, meditations, food and fellowship." She said the Love Feast service is not to be confused with the observance of Holy Communion celebrated on Christmas Eve. Both are candlelight services, but the Love Feast uses the small beeswax candles dressed in red skirts, which is the Moravian tra- dition. The candle represents Christ as the light of the world, and the red, fluted tissue paper skirt around the candle symbolizes the blood red flame in the hearts of worshippers. Two other symbols common to both Methodists and the Mora- vians are the hanging of the Moravian star and the song "Morn- ing Star," composed by Johann Scheffler in 1657. The song is sym- bolic of the star that hangs during Advent season. St. Luke's service is noted for its many other forms of worship through music by the chancel choir, the handbell choir and the children's WWK choir, special soloists, a flutist and a harpist. The music is led by St. Luke's choir director, Bess Edwards-Sawyer. Pastor Dan Baer leads worship with Scripture, meditation and prayer. Included is a brief history of the Love Feast and medita- tion on the symbolism of the light. The congregation shares the Moravian blessing: "Come Lord Jesus our guest to be" before sharing the feast of sweet coffee and burns served by the UMYF and parents. A nursery will be provid- ed and a special Love Feast celebration for children too young to drink coffee or sit during the service will be held. "We consider this as our Christmas gift to Goldsboro, and pray that in the early hustle and bustle of shopping, decorating, baking and partying, we can all remember and appreciate the true meaning of Christmas by sharing in the religious song, prayer, meditation, feasting, and fellowship with all our neighbors and friends," Braswell said. St. Luke United Methodist Church will host the Moravian-inspired Love Feast — a service of sharing food, prayer, hymns and religious conversation. 6 ---- Goldsboro News-Argus Thursday, November 23, 2017 WHERE: St. Luke United Methodist Church in Goldsboro WHEN: 6:30 p.m., Dec. 10

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