Calvary Lutheran Announces Christmas Services

CRANFORD—Calvary Lutheran Church, 108 Eastman Street, Cranford, invites the community to celebrate the joy of Christmas at services designed for all ages on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The Rev. Carol Lindsay, Calvary’s pastor, will preside and preach at all services.  Music will be under the leadership of Jeanne Elmuccio, organist and choir director, with assistance from Rick Merino, youth music leader.


Thursday, Dec. 24, offers three opportunities for family worship, starting with a young children’s Christmas Eve Service at 4 p.m.  This service will include simple carols, the reading of the Christmas story and the placing of the nativity figures by some of the children.

The 7 p.m. Family Service of Holy Communion will feature seasonal music provided by the Youth Bell Choir and the Children’s Choir.  Instrumental accompaniment will include organ, hand bells, piano, violin and bassoon.

The 10 p.m. Candlelight Service of Holy Communion will feature music by the Calvary Hand Bell Choir and seasonal anthems and carols by the Calvary Choir, accompanied by organ and piano.

A Festival Service of Holy Communion with seasonal music will be celebrated on Thursday, Christmas Day, at 10:15 a.m.

On Sunday, Dec. 27 Calvary will offer a single Service of Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion at 10:15 a.m.  Musical accompaniment will include organ and bassoon.

On Sunday, Jan. 3 Calvary also will offer one Service of Holy Communion at 10:15 a.m.  The church will return to its regular Sunday worship schedule of 8:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. services on Jan. 10.

Calvary Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the New Jersey Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, serving the Cranford-Westfield area and surrounding communities for 81 years.

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