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Candlelight Christmas Eve at Epworth

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The sanctuary was full as the children's choir performed.

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"The message of Christmas is the message of transformation and redemption," Pastor Keith Luke said.

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Rebekah Luke, 11, center, sings a solo while performing "From Glory to Glory" with the children's choir.

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Dickens Carolers Paul Wannemacher, left, Alta Richter, center left, Tess Thompson, center, Robin Campos, center right, and Alan Baker, right, sing carols as church goers head into the sanctuary.

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Dickens Carolers Paul Wannemacher, left, Alta Richter, center left, Tess Thompson, center, Robin Campos, center right, and Alan Baker, right, sing carols as church goers head into the sanctuary.

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Kurt Vetter, of West Toledo, stands with his daughter Marissa, 9, to sing together.

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Alex Olzak, 11, reads a passage from the Bible.

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Church goers listen to carolers as they wait in line.

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Pastor Keith Luke, center left, handed out seven chocolate coins to each child during the candlelight Christmas Eve worship service at Epworth Methodist Church in West Toledo.

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Members of the children's bell choir perform.

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As Kendal Wilson, 9, center, stands over them as the Angel of the Lord, Andrea Swindel, left, holds her daughter, Elise, 5 months-old, while portraying Mary and Jesus, with Eric Swindel, right, as Joseph.

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Leandra Hutchinson, of Sylvania, center, hugs her daughter Hannah, 2, as they listen to the children's choir sing a Christmas song.

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Kendal Wilson, 9, looks at the program while waiting with fellow nativity members.

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