Alpha and Omega Candles
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of WorshipYou may have noticed that in the traditional service, there are two lighted candles on the communion table. Other than looking nice and balancing out the beautiful flower arrangements each week, is there something of greater significance with the candles lit by the acolytes? The answer is “yes.”
These two candles are often called the Alpha and Omega candles, reminding us that Jesus Christ is the First and the Last, the Beginning and the Ending.
As you know, alpha is the first letter in the Greek alphabet and omega is the last. These letters signify that God’s actions are all-encompassing on earth from the dawn of creation until the end of time. God is fully in control.
If one candle signifies the beginning of creation and the second candle signifies the end of time as we know it, each week we come to worship, we are ever inching closer to the omega candle! What a great lesson to be reminded of each week.