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. Dr. 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.
Tuesday, Dec. 24 offers three opportunities for family worship, starting with a young children’s Christmas Eve Service at 5 p.m. This service will include simple carols and the telling of the Christmas story.
The 7 p.m. Family Service of Holy Communion will feature the children and youth of the congregation in a dramatic presentation of the Christmas story as recorded in the Gospel of Luke.
Seasonal music at this service will be accompanied by organ, piano, trumpet, violin and bassoon.
The 10 p.m. Candlelight Service of Holy Communion will feature seasonal anthems and carols by the Calvary Choir and the Hand Bell Choir, accompanied by organ, trumpet, flute and bassoon.
A Festival Service of Holy Communion with seasonal music will be celebrated on Wednesday, Christmas Day, at 10:30 a.m.
On the Sunday following Christmas, Dec. 29, at 10:30 a.m. Calvary will offer a Service of Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion. There will be a single worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5 also.
The church will return to its regular Sunday worship schedule of 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services on Jan. 12.
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 85 years.
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