Large crowds gather for Christmas Eve services at NORTHIRON Church in Ishpeming

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ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC) - No matter your denomination, people all over the world gathered at their places of worship to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

NORTHIRON Church in Ishpeming was one of those places where many congregated Sunday. With three services in the afternoon, more than 900 people came together for Christmas Eve service.

"We base it on everything that we do. That was when Jesus came here and he was born, and he ultimately came here to Earth to die as a sacrifice for our sins, so it's what our whole focus is on, it's what we base everything we do on all year," says Assistant Pastor Travis Ryan.

NORTHIRON Church is an assemblies of God church, which is a large fellowship of churches with similar beliefs. Like many denominations, worshipers sing, listen to the word of God, and profess their faith. Typically, the church has about 700 people that gather each Sunday for worship. The service includes modern music, lots of multimedia and lights, the word of God, and preaching from the pastor.

"Everything we do, we try to do to a really high caliber, so Christmas Eve we bring it up a level but it's pretty consistent to what we do normally. We just want to bring people together and celebrate Jesus' birth," Travis Ryan says.