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Caz Presbyterian Church to conclude Advent observation, hold Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

— The First Presbyterian Church in Cazenovia will celebrate the last Sunday of the Advent Season during its morning worship service at 10 a.m. on Dec. 23.

The candle representing hope will be lit on Advent wreath, followed by a litany from the congregation and a choral response from the Senior Choir.

The public is invited. Pastor Steve Thomas will deliver poignant the message “In Remembrance of His Mercy.”

The service will feature Christmas in Brass with trumpeters Patrick Carney and Nathan Kaercher playing special music and accompanying the hymns.

The prelude will be “Angels Christmas” by Felix Mendelssohn arranged by Larson. The Senior Choir will be singing the popular “Jazz Gloria” by Natalie Sleeth with trumpets and bongo drums. The trumpets will also perform the beautiful piece “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly,” a traditional Polish Christmas carol.

The postlude will be an arrangement of Handel’s “Joy to the World” by Larson. It promises to be an inspiring service of worship and music.

The word “Advent” means “coming” or “arrival.” The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his second Advent. Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing, of hope.

Advent devotional booklets are available at the church office at 27 Albany St. or pick one up during the Sunday service.

Christmas Eve Service

The church will hold a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 8 p.m. on Monday evening, Dec. 24. Pastor Steve Thomas will light the traditional “Christ Candle” in the middle of the advent wreath and deliver the Christmas message “The Grace of God Has Appeared.”

The service begins with “Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8,” composed by Arcangelo Corelli in the late 1600s. Known commonly as his “Christmas Concerto,” the piece will be played by a string trio led by Mary Coburn.

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