indoors: Worshippers are seated in a circle. A single large candle is placed in
the center and lit at the beginning of the worship. Several volunteers light
their candles from the center candle after sharing a favorite Bible story,
Scripture verse or hymn. Other participants may light their candles from the
lighted candle of the person next to them.
outdoors: Prepare luminaries before your worship time. Construct luminaries by
pouring an inch of sand into the bottom of a paper sack and placing a candle in
the middle of the sand. Arrange luminaries in a circle, one in front of each
participant. In the center of the circle, place nine luminaries in the shape of
a cross - five vertically, then add four horizontally. The luminaries in the cross should
be lit at the beginning of worship. The luminaries in the circle are lit in turn
from a lighted candle passed from participant to participant. Each participant
holds the passed candle while sharing a brief summary of their favorite Bible
story, Scripture verse or hymn. Each lights their luminary and passes the
candle to the next participant.