Light Scriptures for
Our Ekhoff Christmas Eve
Candle Light Service
But you are a chosen people,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
God’s special possession,
that you may declare the praises of him
who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9
When Jesus spoke again to the people,
he said, “I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
You are the light of the world.
A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.
Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your light so shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
I, the Lord,
have called you in righteousness;
I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you
to be a covenant for the people
and a light for the Gentiles,
to open eyes that are blind,
to free captives from prison
and to release from the dungeon
those who sit in darkness.
The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
Then Jesus cried out,
“Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only,
but in the one who sent me. The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me.
I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
But you, brothers and sisters,
are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.
You are all children of the light and children of the day.
We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.
So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.
1 Thessalonians 5:4-6
Come, descendants of Jacob,
let us walk in the light of the Lord.
This is the message we have
heard from him and declare to you:
God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
If we claim to have fellowship with him
and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,
we have fellowship with one another,
and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
1 John 1:5-7
Praise the Lord, my soul.
Lord my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with splendor and majesty.
The Lord wraps himself in light
as with a garment;
he stretches out the heavens like a tent.
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made;
without him nothing was made that has been made.
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in
the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
when dividing the plunder.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be
on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.
Isaiah 9:2-3, 6-8
Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
For you have delivered me from death
and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
in the light of life.
For God, who said,
“Let light shine out of darkness,”
made his light shine in our hearts
to give us the light of the
knowledge of God’s glory
displayed in the face of Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6
You, Lord, are my lamp;
the Lord turns my darkness into light.
2 Samuel 22:29