Presbyterians mark 200 years and share Christmas Eve worship

| December 14, 2018

COSHOCTON – Come home for Christmas! The Presbyterian Church, North Fourth and Chestnut Streets, will have a Christmas Eve candlelight worship service at 7:30 p.m. An extended prelude will begin at 7:10 p.m. and will include music of the season by organist Alice M. Hoover, the Roscoe Brass Quintet, E. Luane Campbell, flute; Caroline S. Heading, piano; Ronald D. Geese, euphonium, and Ann A. Leppla and Dickie R. Barrick, piano duet.

The four Advent candles will be relit and the Christ candle will be lit. The Christmas story will be told in scripture, poetry, story, and song. As the service unfolds, a child will bring the baby Jesus to the crèche manger. Music will be provided by the Chancel and Crusaders Choirs and Celebration Singers, led by Charles R. Snyder; Matthew P. Downing, tenor; Matthew H. Hayes, percussion; and Caroline S. Heading, piano. The Reverend Christopher P. Stewart will preach and Donald Harrison will be the liturgist.

The congregation will join in the singing of familiar carols, and participate in the tradition of candlelighting as all sing “Silent Night,” which, like the congregation, is also marking its 200th birthday. The service will conclude with the “ringing in of Christmas,” as more than 40 members and alumni of the Geneva Handbell Choir and Westminster Ringers ring handbell peals while the congregation sings “Joy to the World.” Following the service, the Finnegan tower carillon will continue the joyful peals throughout the community.

All are invited to join in this celebration of Christ’s birth. The 7:30 p.m. service will end about 8:30 p.m. Preschool childcare will be provided and ample parking is available.

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