For a second time, two lanterns will begin a new life at the entrance to Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover.

For a second time, two lanterns will begin a new life at the entrance to Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover.

The street lamps were “re-discovered” in a sanctuary closet by church members Florence White and Rocky Atwell at a “God’s Work Our Hands” Sunday.

The lamps will greet worshipers at the 167th annual Julotta (early morning Christmas service) on Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25, at the walk to the entrance of the church sanctuary.

The service begins at 6:30 a.m. with a time of caroling by the senior choir and congregation. At 7 a.m., the service with holy community begins in candlelight and ends with the dawn of Christmas morning.

There will be organ, piano and instrumental music in addition to the voices of senior choir members. The Rev. Reed Pedersen, church pastor, will give the message in English.

The service is held in a setting similar to that used by the then-Swedish congregation in the 1870’s when the church building was completed to replace the overcrowded first structure, later named the Jenny Lind Chapel.

As worshipers arrive to celebrate Jesus’ birthday, they will make their way into the sanctuary which will be lit by candles.

In addition to the Julotta service, Rev. Pedersen will lead two services on Sunday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve – a family service at 3 p.m. at Augustana Church and a community candlelight service with special music at 11 p.m. at Jenny Lind Chapel.

Florence White said the two street lamps are in place and will remain in their permanent home after the holidays, although the red Christmas bows will be removed from the lamp posts.

For White, the lanterns are a connection to her family.

She traced the use of the antique lanterns back to the late 1800s when the lanterns were used and lit with kerosene.

In 1981, the lanterns were discovered in a crawlspace under the church building by Augustana Lutheran Church members William Cederberg, Eben C. Johnson and Herb Johnson. White is the daughter of Herb Johnson.

The men took the lanterns home to clean them and the lamps were then displayed in the church kitchen.

The lamps were placed at the walk to the entrance of the church sanctuary in time for the 131st annual Julotta sunrise service on Christmas morning, White said.

When she learned the history of the street lamps, White and her husband, Tom, contacted Wright Electric, in Geneseo, for a quote on having the lanterns made into electric lamps.

The project was paid for by the church memorial committee. Money for the project was from the Ed Gritton and Nita Mae Johnson memorials.

“Nita Mae Johnson was my mother,” White said, and added, “I feel that was a worthwhile, historical project for us to spend some memorial money.”

“The lanterns are a link from the past to the present,” she said, “and in their location at the entrance to our sanctuary, they are a light for people to the Word of God.”