Posted Online: Dec. 19, 2012, 10:42 am

Bishop Hill Christmas morning with traditional Swedish service

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Press release submitted by Chris Wills


Bishop Hill greets dawn of Christmas morning with traditional Swedish service

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
"Where history matters."
Christmas Morning Julotta service scheduled for Bishop Hill

BISHOP HILL – Visitors are invited to ring in Christmas Day in the traditional Swedish way at the Julotta non-denominational service beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, at the Bishop Hill Colony Church.

The service at the mid-1800s church reaffirms the Swedish heritage of this historic community. Christmas morning in Sweden begins with the Julotta service.

The worship leader will be the Rev. Tom Larsen of Trinity Lutheran Church. Terri Wigant and Lydia Heinevik, a Swedish exchange student, will read Scripture. Organist Ann Larson and soloist Courtney Stone will perform, too.

The candlelit service will be conducted in both Swedish and English. Coffee and rusks will be served following the service. The church sanctuary is unheated, so guests are advised to dress warmly.

The community of Bishop Hill, founded by Swedish pioneers in 1846, is located 20 miles south of I-80 and 17 miles east of I-74 in Henry County, Illinois. Many of the buildings are original, and many of the residents are descendants of the original settlers. The Colony Church is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.