There is wonderful tradition at Nighbert that has been carried on for the last 37 years. In 1979, the Pastor at the time suggested to have a meaning worship service that would express the deep love and friendship that existed at Nighbert Memorial. He gathered all the leaders and suggested taking an 8” stove pipe and asking all the members to bring in their favorite candles that had some special meaning to them, maybe a wedding, a birthday, an anniversary or a special time in their life. The response was so over whelming that they had to get a second section of pipe in order to handle the number of candles that were bought in. It took hours and hours to melt and molt the candles but the finished product was a grand candle that intermingled all the members of the church as one.
Each candle’s color represented something that was special in God’s created world:
• Yellow for sunshine and happiness
• Green for the grass and growing life
• Red for the heart and love
• White for snow and purity
• Blue for the night and rest
• Violet for dawn’s morning light and newness
• Pink and Blue for every boy and girl
• Purple for royalty of Jesus Christ
There is a secret mystique that goes with this candle and a story that makes it all the more impressive. Just one year after this candle was put together, the youth were carrying the candle from the youth room to the sanctuary and in their excitement, and they dropped the candle. The candle broke into many pieces and the youth were saddened and sorry. Many members of the church along with the youth gathered around and spent most of the evening and part of the night piecing the candle back together. They remolded, re heated and reshaped the candle so that it actually looked better than before.
Margaret Hendricks wrote the history of the candle and also gave her testimony about how this broken candle represented so many members’ lives in the church, in the community and in this world.
It reminded her of how we can be broken, and we have friends to come and help us put our pieces back together. The church is here to encourage, to help, to lend a hand, to place a hand on your shoulder, to help you heal and get back better than when you were before.
This candle reminds me of the work and love of the many churches in Logan. The churches have come together and they have melted, molted and healed together to help mend the brokenness and fragile nature of our daily lives. The Logan Ministerial Association is an example of the unity of churches that has formed a candle together that has a brilliant light that reaches out to the community and brings light into the darkness.
We are a melting pot of Christianity and this Logan Community shares the gift of the Holy Spirit as we pray, share and shape this wonderful gift of salvation and eternal life offered by our Lord Jesus Christ.
WE ARE ONE IN CHRIST!
Rev. Thomas Beckette is pastor of Nighbert United Methodist Church and a member of the Logan Ministerial Association.