Love Feast offers sweets, time for prayful thought

Fairview United Methodist Church took a different twist in one of the church’s Christmas celebrations and held a Moravian Love Feast on Dec. 7.

Love feasts are a centuries-old tradition resurrected by the Moravian Church in 1727 after the 4th-century Christian church stopped the practice. The feasts are composed of a brief message, a great deal of music and singing and a light meal of sweets served in the middle of the ceremony.

Fairview has held the event for the last several years and drew a crowd of nearly 500 people to this year’s service. The youth choir provided the music in the form of holiday carol arrangements accompanied by piano and strings. Congregants were treated to hot chocolate and Danish as they sat in the sanctuary and listened to the music, which is meant to encourage devotional thought.

The church was decorated with a multitude of candles, creating a “sea of light,” in the words of church member Roxanna Jones. For more information about Fairview United Methodist Church, call 865-983-2080.

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