2011-12-01 / Church News

Lutheran Parish Announces Advent Services

The congregations of the McConnellsburg Lutheran Parish are pleased to announce their schedule of special worship services for the upcoming Advent and Christmas seasons.

Three midweek Advent worship services will be held on the following Wednesday evenings beginning at 7 p.m.; November 30 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 220 North Third Street, McConnellsburg, December 7 at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 10987 Little Cove Road, Mercersburg, and December 14 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 14660 Great Cove Road, Big Cove Tannery.

The theme hymn for this year’s Advent services is “ Savior of the Nations, Come” and each service will explore events that show how that prayer of God’s people was answered through the Annunciation, the Visitation, and the birth of John the Baptist recorded in Luke 1. All of these services will be conducted by the Rev. Christopher W. Martin, pastor of the McConnellsburg Lutheran Parish.

On Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, each congregation of the parish will celebrate the birth of our Savior with a special service or program. St. Paul’s, Big Cove Tannery, will present a Christmas Eve program led by the Sunday School department, beginning at 7 p.m. Mt. Zion, Mercersburg, will have a traditional Christmas Eve candlelight service with the Sacrament of Holy Communion at 7 p.m. St. Paul, McConnellsburg, will also have a Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion service, beginning at 9 p.m. Pastor Martin will conduct the services at Mt. Zion and St. Paul.

On Sunday, December 25, the congregations of the parish will join together for a Christmas morning communion service at 10 a.m. at St. Paul, McConnellsburg with Pastor Martin leading the service.

The public is invited to join the members of the parish for any or all of these special services. For more information, contact the parish office at 717-485-4227 or visit the parish Web site at www.mcconnellsburgluthera nparish.org.

McConnellsburg Lutheran Parish consists of the congregations of St. Paul Lutheran Church, McConnellsburg; St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Big Cove Tannery; and Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Mercersburg. The three congregations of the parish have been in the current parish arrangement since 1932. The parish has been served by the Rev. Christopher W. Martin since January of 2010. The congregations of the parish are member congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Conference & Ministerium of North America (ELCM). For more information on the parish or on the ELCM, contact Pastor Martin.

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