|Christmas Events: 12-20-13|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Friday, 20 December 2013 10:15|
(Editor’s note: The Wood County and area churches will hold a wide variety of Christmas Eve and Day services this year. Those who have reported their service to the Sentinel are listed below.
Around Christmas many churches hold a “Service of Lessons and Carols.” Stonebridge Church in Perrysburg will use that model for its Christmas Eve service. As Dean Eric Milner-White, the originator of this service nearly one hundred years ago said, “The main theme is the development of the loving purposes of God … Seen through the windows and the words of the Bible.”
Each of the congregations will welcome guests and visitors to these holy services which mostly are held on Tuesday night, Christmas Eve.)
There will be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Abiding Word Evangelical Lutheran Church at 7 p.m.
The Christmas service for Bowling Green Alliance Church will be held Sunday at 10 a.m. The Christmas Eve Candlelight service will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
There will be a 7 p.m. Candlelight Christmas Eve service at Christ’s Church in Bowling Green.
The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Church of the Nazarene will be held at 7 p.m.
The Christmas Eve service at Cloverdale United Methodist Church will be at 7 p.m.
The annual Candlelight Christmas Eve services for Dayspring Assembly of God will be at 4 and 5:30 p.m. The services will include music and a special children’s feature. Pastor Scott Estep’s message will be Love Came Down.”
There will be a 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight service at First Christian Church.
First Presbyterian Church will celebrate the birth of Jesus with carols, scripture, candles and quiet reflection at its 7 p.m. Christmas Eve candlelight service.
First United Methodist Church will have a Service of Lessons and Carols at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve. The Worship with Candle Lighting services will be held at 7:30 and 11 p.m.
The Christmas Eve service for Grace Brethren Church will be at 6 p.m.
There will be a 5 p.m. Christmas Eve service at Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation led by Rev. Lynn Kerr.
Peace Lutheran Church will hold services including Carols, Candles and Communion at both the 7 and 10 p.m. Christmas Eve services. They both will include carols, candles and communion. The 7 p.m. service features the children’s story and youth musicians. The 10 p.m. service features the adult musicians and ensemble. There is also a 10 a.m. “Spoken Holy Communion Service” for Christmas Day. This service is described as a quiet and calm welcome of the Christ Child.
Plain Congregational Church will have its Christmas Eve worship at 7 p.m.
St. Aloysius Catholic Parish will hold its Vigil of Christmas Masses at 4, 6:30 and 11 p.m. The Nativity of the Lord Mass will be at 10 a.m. Christmas Day.
Pastor Denny Maurer will speak on “Angie’s Gifts” for the 5 p.m. Christmas Eve service at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. His sermon for both the 7 and 11 p.m. services will be “Surprises of Christmas.”
St. Thomas More University Parish will have its Children’s Christmas Eve service at 4 p.m. The 6:30 p.m. Candlelight service is at 6:30 p.m. The Christmas Day Mass will be held at 10 a.m.
The Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion liturgy at Trinity United Methodist Church will be held at 7:30 p.m. Music begins at 7:15 p.m.
The sermon by David K. Boswell, minister, for the 7 p.m. Christmas Eve service at Village View Church of Christ will be “Like no Other Night.” The final candle on the Advent wreath will be lit.
Pastor Jeff Ridenour’s sermon for the 11 p.m. traditional Christmas Eve service at Trinity United Methodist Church will be “Stranger in a Strange Land,” continuing his series on the action of God fully embracing humanity by becoming fully human while remaining fully divine.
Preacher Dan Horner’s sermon for the 6 p.m. Christmas Eve service at Bradner Community Christian Church will be ”Duck the Halls.”
Pastor Jeff Ridenour’s sermon for the 7 p.m. traditional Christmas Eve service at Bradner United Methodist Church will be “Stranger in a Strange Land,” continuing his series on the action of God fully embracing humanity by becoming fully human while remaining fully divine.
St. James Lutheran Church will celebrate “Miracle in the Manger” at 10 p.m. Christmas Eve ideal for children and adults for the annual Candlelight worship service. The service will include a mix of reading, carols, special music and the Nativity. Holy Communion will be celebrated. Coffee and refreshments will highlight the fellowship beginning at 9 p.m.
St. Louis Catholic Church will hold Christmas Eve Masses at 4 and 10 p.m.
The Christmas traditional candlelight at Faith United Methodist Church will be at 7 p.m. The service will include serving of the Holy Communion.
The Christmas Eve Candlelight service with Holy Communion at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church will be at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a Christmas Day Holy Communion service at 10:30 a.m.
St. Patrick (Providence) Catholic Parish will hold Christmas Eve Masses at both 4:30 p.m. and midnight. The Christmas Day liturgy will be at 9 a.m.
Haskins Community Church will hold its Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m.
A Candlelight Service with Holy Communion is being offered on Christmas Eve, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. There is pre-service music by the adult choir and instrumentalists begins at 7:10 p.m. The sermon title is “What Are We looking for This Christmas?” The Candlelight service features choir and special music by several students from the Otsego High School Band.
There will be a candlelight service of carols and the holiday hand bell choir at the 7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve service at Zion Lutheran Church. The Chirstmas Day worship will be at 10:15 a.m.
There will be a 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight service at Salem Grace United Lutheran Church.
There will be a 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Communion and Candlelight service at Zion Lutheran Church.
Pastor Ernie Sampson’s sermon topic for the 6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve service at Zion United Methodist Church will be “The Great Call.”
The 7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve service at St. Paul Lutheran Church will be the children’s Christmas program, “Silent Mice.” There will be special music beginning at 7 p.m.
Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist will celebrate Christmas Eve with two special worship services. A “casual family-friendly service begins at 4 p.m. This service will include lessons and carols, The worship will continue with the traditional cantata service at 7 p.m. The service features the choir’s presentation of “Bethlehem’s Child” and a word of reflection.
Both services will include the lighting of the Advent Wreath and the “Silent Night” candlelight ending.
The Christmas Eve service at Praise Chapel Pentecostal Church of God will be held at 6 p.m.
Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic for the Christmas Eve service at St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church will be “Hush the Noise.” The pre-service Christmas music will begin at 9 p.m. with both the junior and senior choirs and soloists. The same vocalists will be featured during the Candlelight Service at 9:30 p.m. The service includes the traditional table Holy Communion and “Silent Night” will be sung during the candle lighting.
The Christmas Eve services at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church will includes a family service of lessons and carols at 6 p.m. The Candlelight and Holy Communion service will be at 10 p.m. Pre-service music will begin one half hour prior to each service. Christmas Day worship will be at 10 a.m.
Rev. Kenneth Ladd will deliver the message at the 6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve service at Pemberville United Methodist Church.
SonFire by the River will hold its Candlelight Christmas Eve service starting at 5 p.m.
Blessed John XXIII Parish will hold its Christmas Eve Masses at 4:30, 7:30 and 11 p.m. There will also be a Mass at 10 a.m. Christmas Day.
CedarCreek Church will hold its Christmas services at all its locations beginning Saturday at 5:15 and 7 p.m.; Sunday at 9 and 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The Monday services are at 5:15 and 7 p.m. The Christmas Eve services will be held at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m.
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church will hold Christmas Eve Readings and Carols services at both 7 and 10:30 p.m.
St. Rose Catholic Church will have two simultaneous Christmas Eve Masses at 4 p.m. One will be in the church, with the second in the gymnasium. There will also be a Mass at 6:30 p.m. the midnight Mass will be preceded by music at 11:30 p.m. Christmas Day liturgies will be held at 9 and 10:30 a.m. and noon.
The congregation of Stonebridge Evangelical Presbyterian Church will celebrate Christmas in the tradition of “The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.” The service is based on the festival which was begun in 1918 in Cambridge, England. The church will hold its “Service of Lessons and Carols” at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve in Graystone Hall, 29101 Hufford Road, Perrysburg. This year, all carols will be sung by the congregation itself and the service will conclude with the traditional singing of “Silent Night” by candle light.
St. Timothy Episcopal Church will have a 5 p.m. Family Service; and a 10 p.m. Choir Recital, followed by Holy Eucharist on Christmas Eve. There is also a Holy Eucharist service at 10 a.m. Christmas Day.
Zoar Lutheran Church will have family Christmas eve services with Holy Communion at 3:30 and 6 p.m. Traditional services with Holy Communion will be held at 8:30 and 11 p.m. There will be 30 minutes of Christmas music prior to each service.
All Saints Catholic Church will hold Christmas Eve Masses at 4 and 7 p.m. and midnight. The Christmas Day Mass is at 10 a.m.
The Christmas Eve Candlelight service at Rudolph Christian Church will be held at 7 p.m.
St. John Lutheran Church will hold two Christmas Eve services. A “contemporary” service is planned for 7 p.m. with the “traditional” service at 10:30 p.m. Both are candlelight services with special music provided 20 minutes before each service.
The choir of Stony Ridge United Methodist Church will perform a cantata titled, “Bethlehem Morning” for the 7 p.m. Christmas Eve service. Pastor Robert E. May’s homily will be “Wrapping Up Christmas.
Sugar Ridge Community Church will hold its Christmas Eve Candle Light Service at 5 p.m. The congregation will welcome Christmas and the birth of Jesus, “The light for a dark world.” A dinner will follow the service.
The 7 p.m. Christmas Eve service at Tontogany Presbyterian Church will take attendees on the journey to Bethlehem honoring the Christ child in song, prayer and story. Children are welcome to join the live nativity scene.
First Presbyterian Church of Waterville will hold its Candlelight Communion service on Christmas Eve at 7 p.m.
Special music, Christmas thoughts and candlelight will be part of the 7 p.m. Christmas Eve worship at Mt. Zion United Brethren Church.
The “Celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord with Communion and Candlelight service” will be at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve at Wayne United Methodist Church. Special music starts at 6:30 p.m.
Pastor John Merseth’s theme for the 7 p.m. Christmas Eve worship at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church will be “On Earth Peace.” The service will include many Christmas hymns, readings and children songs and parts. The 10 a.m. Christmas Day worship will use the theme, “Glory to God in the Highest.”
Rev. James Stewart’s sermon for the 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight service at Weston United Methodist Church will be “Tending to the Light.”
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