NASHVILLE, TENN. - ABC television affiliates nationwide will broadcast a United Methodist-produced Christmas Eve candlelight service on December 24 and 25.
"We are privileged to open our doors, via television, to viewers who seek a Christmas Eve worship experience," says the Rev. Larry Hollon, chief executive of United Methodist Communications. "We celebrate this opportunity to express our faith within the broader culture."
The hour-long broadcast was taped at First United Methodist Church of Dallas, Texas. The traditional service includes carols and Scriptures, and features a 100-voice choir, a brass and drum ensemble, and the church's pipe organ. Dr. John Fiedler, senior minister, will deliver the message "I Am Bringing You Good News."
"We are honored to be chosen by The United Methodist Church to represent our denomination on such an important night," he says.
Airtime for the service is made possible through The United Methodist Church's participation in the National Council of Churches. The National Council of Churches is a founding member of the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission, which works with the three major networks to provide faith-based documentaries and liturgical specials.
As of now, there are no stations in California and Nevada which are planning to air this program. Contact your local station to request that the Christmas Eve service be added to the schedule.