Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Eve Services for Everyone


On Christmas Eve, we will have four candlelight communion services at Church Street—each one designed to meet a slightly different need. We hope that one of these services can become part of your Christmas tradition. This would be a wonderful occasion to invite extended family and neighbors to join you at church.

5:00 and 10:30 pm—These are the great services of Christmas Eve that everyone knows well. The times listed indicate the beginning of the musical prelude. The liturgy begins 30 minutes later in each case. The Parish Adult Choir will sing excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by a chamber orchestra. Each service usually lasts about 90 minutes including the musical prelude.

3:00 pm—The Family Service. This service, which includes candlelight and communion, is designed for families with young children. This service is designed around the Children’s Sermon; the children are actively involved in several ways. This service lasts 50–60 minutes.

12 noon—The Midday Christmas Eve Service. This new service, which includes candlelight and communion, is designed for those who want to come out and get home before dark. We will sing many of the traditional Christmas carols. This service should last about 50–60 minutes.

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