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Tri-State area Christmas Eve services

December 23, 2006

Pikeside United Methodist Church, 25 Paynes Ford Road, Martinsburg, W.Va., the Rev. Thomas Young will be speaking at the 7 p.m. Christmas Eve service on Why God Allows Suffering and War (After All, It's Christmas).

Antietam Church of God, 4005 Harpers Ferry Road, Sharpsburg, Christmas Eve services at 7 p.m.

Calvary United Methodist Church, 220 W. Burke St., Martinsburg, W.Va., the family Christmas Eve service is at 5:30 p.m. featuring the chancel drama, Get Ready for the Big Event.

Following the 10:30 p.m. music festival, the 11 p.m. traditional candlelight worship will begin.

Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, 15 S. Mulberry St., the Christmas Eve family worship at 7 p.m. features music and the Christmas message.

West End Baptist Chapel, 101 Buena Vista Ave., Hagerstown, a Christmas Eve candlelight service will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Zion Lutheran Church, Williamsport, Christmas Eve services will begin at 4 p.m. with a musical program for families with children. There will be a children's message.

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At 10:30 p.m., a musical program of instrumental, handbell and vocal selections will precede the 11 p.m. candlelight festival service of communion.

Pastor Greg Martin will bring the message.

Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren, 20402 Beaver Creek Road, Hagerstown, a candlelight Christmas Eve service will begin at 11 p.m. Communion will be celebrated.

Broadfording Church of the Brethren Fellowship, 14010 Greencastle Pike, Hagerstown, Pastor Len Smith will speak at the 7 p.m. Christmas Eve candlelight service on the topic, Guide Our Feet.

A cantata, On Christmas Day - A Choral Celebration of Jesus, will be presented.

Christ Reformed United Church of Christ, 304 E. German St., Shepherdstown, W.Va., the traditional Henry Harbaugh Christmas Eve service will be read and chanted with Christmas hymns, prayers and Holy Eucharist.

A prelude of classical Christmas music begins at 5:45 p.m. with the service 6 p.m.

Salem Lutheran Church, 17626 Bakersville Road, Fairplay, the 7 p.m. Christmas Eve service will feature a birthday cake.

At 11:15 p.m., the candlelight service gets under way.

Pastor John Torrence will be preaching at both services on the topic, Go Shine.

St. John's Lutheran Church, Martinsburg, W.Va., the 7:30 p.m. family Christmas Eve service will be followed at 10:30 a.m. by the traditional candlelight service.

Concordia Lutheran Church, Pastor James Murr will be speaking at the 7 p.m. candlelight/communion service on Christmas Eve.

The topic is Do We Expect Too Much From Christmas?

Mount Nebo United Methodist Church, Boonsboro, Christmas Eve services will begin at 7 with the family service.

At 10:30 p.m., music of the season will be performed by soloists and ensembles. The traditional candlelight service will begin at 11 p.m.

St. John's Episcopal Church, the Rev. Scott Bellows will tell the story of The Littlest Angel at the 6 p.m. communion service on Christmas Eve, and will preach at the 11 p.m. communion service.

The children and youth choirs along with percussion will provide music at the early service. The parish choir along with strings will provide music at the later service, with a musical prelude beginning at 10:30 p.m.

Downsville Christian Church, this year Christmas Eve services will be at 7 p.m. The choir will sing and there will be communion.

The Christmas story will be told through those who were there that night. Candles will be lit and there will be carols.

Greenbrier Baptist Church, Boonsboro, a Christmas Eve service will be held at 7 p.m.

St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Hancock, Christmas Eve services will begin at 4 p.m. with the children's Eucharist with carols.

The music of Christmas will begin at 8:30 p.m. with the 9 p.m. Festival Eucharist at 9 p.m. This is the traditional candlelight celebration of the birth of Jesus will include carols by the choir and congregation, the Christmas creche, the Nativity gospel, communion and the rector's Christmas message.

Mount Nebo United Methodist Church, Boonsboro, The family Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m. will feature a Nativity drama.

Music of the season will begin at 10:30 p.m. followed by the traditional candlelight service of carols and a message - The War on Christmas - from the Rev. Bob Brennan.

Christ Lutheran Church, Cleveland Ave., Hagerstown, Christmas Eve services will begin with the family service at 7 p.m.

There will be a quiet communion at 10 p.m. followed at 10:30 p.m. by special music and the 11 p.m. candlelight service.

Blair's Valley First Church of God, Clear Spring, the children will present their Christmas program, It Happened in the Country, at the Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m.

St. Peter's (Beard's) Lutheran Church, Old Forge Road, Hagerstown, the children's communion/candlelight service on Christmas Eve begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Rev. David Baker will be speaking on Christmas: A Time of Renewed Hope.

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