Isaiah And Gospels Celebrate Christ’s Birth

With The Churches

Old Testament prophecy and New Testament Gospel are joined together as South Carolina Christians celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, in colorful services today and tomorrow.

Some of the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services will begin with this passage from Isaiah which sounds forth so strongly in Handel’s Messiah, widely performed in churches throughout the state each Christmas season:

“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined . . . For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgement and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will performed this.”


The Rt. Rev. William A. Beckham, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina, will be the celebrant at the midnight celebration of the HOly Eucharist at Trinity Cathedral. The service will begin at 11 p.m. following a 10:30 p.m. service of Christmas music directed by Organist and Choirmaster John B. Haney.

Earlier, at 5 p.m., the Very Rev. John E. Banks Jr., dean of the cathedral, will be celebrant at the Christmas Eve Family Eucharist.

A Christmas Day Holy Eucharist will begin at 10 a.m.


The festival service of Christmas will be broadcast live by NBC-TV from Washington Cathedral at 10 a.m. Tuesday. In Columbia it will be carred on WIS-TV, Channel 10.

The Rt. Rev. John T. Walker, Episcopal Bishop of Washington, will be preacher in the Christmas Day service which will include special music by cathedral organist choirmaster Richard Wayne Dirksen.


Bishop Frank Madison Reid Jr., leader of the Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina, will give the Christmas message at the Bishop’s Christmas Service at Chappelle Memorial A. M. E. Church in Columbia today.

Holy Communion will be served at the Christmas Eve service which begins at 10:51 p.m. and concludes at 12:05 a.m. Christmas morning.

The Rev. Willie J. Nelson is host pastor of the church at 1101 Pine Street.


A Christmas Eve Holy Communion spoken service will be presented at 4 p.m. today at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, followed by a cantata at 10 p.m., and a Festival Holy Communion Service at 10:30 p.m. The cantata, “An Appalachian Nativity” by Lewis Horton, will be sung by the Sanctuary Choir.

A Christmas Eve Candle Lighting service will be held in the sanctuary at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, beginning at 7 p.m.

A thirty-minute concert of music for choir and music featuring Henry Fulmer, will precede the Candlelight Holy Eucharist at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, beginning at 11 p.m. The Christmas Day Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 10 a.m.

The children and youth of Ebenezer Lutheran Church will present a play “Starbright” at the Candlelight Family Service on Christmas Eve. The Rev. Dr. Robert Sims will preach at the 11 p.m. Candlelight Midnight Communion Service.

The Divine Liturgy of St. Basil will be recited and Holy Communion celebrated at 8 a.m. today at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Columbia. The Christmas Eve service begins with Matins at 10 p.m. and the Divine Liturgy of Christmas Day at 11 p.m.

Two Christmas Eve services are schedule at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, with a service at 7:30 p.m. for families with small children, and one at 11 p.m., with the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.

Christmas Day worship service will begin at 9 a.m. at the Greenview First Baptist Church at 101 Isaac Street.

Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church will observe the Nativity of Our Lord with the celebration of the Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve, and a second service at 10 a.m. Christmas Day. The children’s service will be held on the Feast of the Holy Innocents, Dec. 28, at 10 a.m.

A Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held at 11 p.m. at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church in West Columbia. A Children’s Service will be held on the Feast of the Holy Innocents, Dec. 28, at 10 a.m.

A Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held at 11 p.m. at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church in West Columbia. A Children’s Service will be held at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Members of the Columbia Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship will gather for a Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 7 p.m.

A Christmas Eve Candlelight Carol Service will be held at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary at Main Street United Methodist Church.

Members of Centennial Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church will gather in family groups for a Christmas Eve Holy Communion Service, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Lord’s Supper will be observed during the Christmas Eve Candlelight worship service at 11 p.m. today at Blaney Baptist Church in Elgin.

“Mediation on the Nativity.” a special musical presentation, will be given by the Chancel Choir at the Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Celebration service at Kathwood Baptist Church. The music was written by Dr. Milburn Price, chairman of the music department at Furman University, and the narrations are by Dr. L. D. Johnson, Furman chaplain and former pastor of First Baptist Church in Greenville.

At St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Olympia, the senior choir will present “A Christmas Festival” by Otis Skillings and Jimmy Owens as part of its annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 11:15 p.m. Capers B. Bull Jr. is organist-choir director.

The Quempas Carol and a National Gallery of Art slide-cassette presentation of “The Christmas Story in Art,” will be presented at the 7 p.m. Christmas Eve candlelight communion service at Christ The King Lutheran Church in East Columbia.

“Christmas Eve through the Ages” will be the theme for the Christmas Eve service at 7:30 p.m. at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), beginning with the account of the first Christmas Eve in Bethlehem. It will also include excerpts of Christmas Eve service conducted in the fifth and ninth centuries, those following the Reformation, the first service in North America, one from a century ago, and a modern observance.

A family Christmas Service at 7 p.m. at Shandon United Methodist will be followed by a Candlelight Communion Service at 11:15 p.m.

The congregation of Columbia’s First Presbyterian Church will gather for a Christmas Eve Worship Service at 6 p.m.

A Children’s Christmas Eve Service at 6:30 p.m. at the Episcopal Chapel of The Cross will be followed by a Festive Holy Eucharist at 11 p.m. The Holy Eucharist will also be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Christmas Day.

Congregation caroling will be part of the Candlelight Christmas Eve Communion Service at 7 p.m at Westminster Presbyterian Church. in St. Andrews.

The Christmas Eve Service at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church will be held at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Mass will be celebrated at 8 p.m. at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church on Christmas Eve. with a special musical program presented by the students of St. Peter’s School, directed by William Jollie. The Adult Choir will give a special musical program directed by William Jollie at the Christmas Eve Midnight Mass. On Christmas Day, Mass will be celebrated at the downtown church at 9 and 10:30 a.m. and at noon.

A Children’s Christmas Eve Service will be held at 5 p.m. at St. Michael and All Angels’ Episcopal Church, followed by an 11:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Eucharist. A Christmas Day Holy Eucharist is planned for 10 a.m.

A Christmas Eve Candlelight Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at Five Points.

The traditional Christmas Eve service of Carols, Candlelight and Communion will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Forest Lake Presbyterian Church.

At Incarnation Lutheran Church, the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. so that more families with children may attend.

The Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service at Shandon Presbyterian Church will be held at 11 p.m., following a 10:45 p.m. organ prelude by Kathryn Key. Dr. William Arthur, the minister, will give a Communion Meditation on “Three Glimpses of Christmas.”

The congregation at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church will worship at a 6:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist with carols and a children’s sermon, and at an 11:30 p.m. Christ-mass which will follow an 11:15 p.m. Choral Celebration.

The Holy Eucharist will also be celebrated at 10 a.m. Christmas Day.

December 24, 1979  State (published as The State)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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