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A Christmas Cantata will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Fayetteville, 200 N. Elk Ave. “And Glory Shone Around: A Christmas Cantata Celebrating Love’s Perfect Light”, by Lloyd Larson and Douglas E. Wagner, is directed by Barry Petty, music director, with Vickie Halcomb, organist, and guest orchestra. A nursery will be provided for children at both services. Christmas Eve services will be held on Monday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. This will be a candlelight communion service, and child care will be provided for both services.


Community Christmas Eve and Day Services will be held at 5 and 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, and at 10 a.m. Christmas Day, Dec. 25, at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, located at the corner of Elk Avenue and Washington Street in Fayetteville. Since the fourth century, Christians have celebrated the feast of the Incarnation of Christ on Dec. 25. Christmas Day marks the beginning of the Christmas season on the Church calendar. For the four weeks preceding Christmas, the church celebrates Advent as a season of waiting and expectation. Outside the church candles mark the weeks of advent. Inside the coming of the Christ child is anticipated. Once Christmas is here, celebrations ensue for 12 days, as we give thanks to Our Lord and Savior, and God, our Heavenly Father. The Church celebrates the three comings of Christ: in history in his birth in Bethlehem, in the mystery as we are born again in Him, and in majesty as we celebrate that he will come again. The Christmas season begins at sundown Dec. 24 and continues until the Epiphany, Jan. 6, the day the Wise Men first saw the Star in the East, and followed it to the Christ Child. In Christian theology the Feast of the Nativity marks the birth of Jesus in fulfillment of the divine will of God, to save the world from sin and to offer restoration of all to God.

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