Two Candles on the Communion Table
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
You’ll notice each week in worship that there are two candles lit at the front of the sanctuary. There is a reason.
Candles have been a part of Christian worship for centuries. With the prominence of light in Christian theology, they are a natural reminder of Christ as the “light of the world.”
The two candles are variously interpreted as a reminder of Christ’s divinity and his humanity. They also have been referred to as the Alpha and Omega candles, again, pointing to the fact that Jesus is both the beginning and the end of all.
God is frequently associated with fire throughout the Scriptures. As we gather this Sunday, we inch ever closer in time to the Omega candle, the end of time. That candle helps give perspective to our lives as we gather each week in worship.