Christmas in Concord begins at Trinitarian Congregational Church on Monday, December 24, with four Christmas Eve services to which the public is welcome. The 4:00 p.m. service starts with a carol sing and is especially designed for families and young children; it incorporates a Christmas tableau along with the story of the Nativity as written by Tomie de Paola. At 6:00 p.m., the community will gather for a living creche featuring middle school children; beginning with a carol sing, the Christmas story will be read from the prophets and gospel writers with the light of Christ being lighted on the Advent wreath. At 8:00 p.m., there will be a traditional service of lessons and carols in a candlelit sanctuary; special music by the senior choir will be featured as part of the prelude to the service. This service provides a reflective and tranquil setting to gather with friends and neighbors in the community. At 11:00 p.m., a service of Word and Sacrament will be celebrated, complemented by a brass group and carol singing. The Rev. Dr. John Lombard, Senior Minister, will offer a reflection on "Bethlehem Now." The observance of communion will be followed by the traditional lighting of individual candles at midnight.
The public is cordially welcome to all services. Trinitarian Congregational Church is an ecumenical community of faith in the tradition of the United Church of Christ and is an Open and Affirming Congregation. The church building if fully accessible. For more information, call 978-369-4837.