A Special Advent Bible Study at First Presbyterian Church of Cranford
See beyond the hustle and glitter of commercial Christmas to discover new light in traditional biblical texts and seasonal themes.
You’re invited to step back in time and hear the stories that form the basis of Christianity. Whether you’re an old pro, or it’s your first time reading the Bible, you are welcome to attend!
Let us know you’re coming by sending an email to Mark Oricchio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worship with Music
On Dec. 23rd at 10:00am, The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Alison Ruth Nead and accompanied by Robert Grube, will present a special Christmas Cantata “A Ceremony of Lessons and Carols” arranged by Anna Laura Page and Jean Anne Shafferman. Beloved seasonal scripture readings are interspersed with carols that include a touch of Handel and Bach.
Children’s Choir’s Present this Year’s Christmas Pageant “Christmas Special Delivery”
At 4:00pm, more than 25 children from first to eighth grade, under the direction of Elsa Hahn and accompanied by Ann Weeks, will present the children’s Christmas pageant entitled “Christmas Special Delivery”, arranged by Mark Brymer and Mark Bernthal. Christmas is in the air, and so is the Christmas crunch! Deadlines, wrapping, packing, traffic and general chaos are on today’s route for mailman Gabriel Wilson….who hasn’t figured out how he’ll find the Christmas spirit with all these last-minute stops, let alone how to deliver that mysterious bulky box in his bag. A miracle is on the way, however, and it’s a heaven-sent delivery that brings Christmas straight to the heart.
At 8pm, Rev. J. Christian Kile will lead a traditional Christmas Eve service with plenty of familiar Christmas carols, perfect for families and all those who wish to celebrate with full choirs and organ music. Music will be led by the Chancel Choir, directed by Alison Ruth Nead and accompanied by organist Robert Grube. During the final hymn, “Silent Night, Holy Night”, the lights will be dimmed and candelight will fill the Sanctuary.
The Wait is Over! Usher in Christmas by Candlelight.
At 11pm there will be a moving and beautiful candlelight service. Holy Communion is open to all who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The service ends with dimming of the lights and the singing of “Silent Night, Holy Night” by candlelight.