REMEMBERING Christmas celebrations of the past have me in a nostalgic mood on the last Friday before the holiday.
I'm remembering happier times, less complicated by the mad rush to make it the most perfect Christmas ever. It's odd, but the memories of the perfect moments are far outweighed by the memories of funny incidents. Fond memories linger of the flukes that seemed like total disasters, yet turned out fine, with no great damage to the psyche. Somehow we made it through, and with love and understanding we'll make it through again.
My holiday wish to all: May the spirit of love, peace, and understanding fill your heart now, and throughout the New Year.
Local congregations have scheduled Christmas services and invite you and your family to worship with them this holiday season.
Community United Methodist Church, 8680 Fort Smallwood Road, will have two services Christmas Eve.
The 7 p.m. service will be highlighted by a musical presented by the youth choir. The 11 p.m. Communion service will include the handbell and adult choirs.
Magothy United Methodist Church, 3703 Mountain Road, will have three services Tuesday.
A family service will begin at 5 p.m. and feature a birthday celebration for Jesus. The children's choir will perform.
The 7: 30 p.m. service will be a Communion service combined with Magothy Church of the Deaf.
A traditional candlelight service with the adult choir will begin at 11 p.m.
Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, 4760 Mountain Road, will offer a live Nativity at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. tomorrow and 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Christmas Eve candlelight services are at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. The earlier service will feature the youth and folk choirs.
Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway, will have two services Tuesday.
The 6 p.m. service is geared to families, and the 10: 45 p.m. service is a traditional candlelight service.
An informal service is scheduled at 10 a.m. on Christmas.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 7859 Tick Neck Road, will offer two services Christmas Eve.
The 7 p.m.. service will feature a children's pageant and Holy Eucharist. A music festival will precede the 11: 30 p.m. service.
St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish on Virginia Avenue in Riviera Beach will offer four services on Christmas Eve and three on Christmas morning.
Christmas Eve liturgies at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. are intended for families with young children. To accommodate everyone, families whose last names begin with A through K should attend the 4 p.m. service, and those with last names begin with L through Z should attend at 6 p.m. service.
The Christmas vigil Mass begins at 8 p.m. with midnight Mass starting at 11: 30 p.m. Masses on Christmas Day are at 7: 30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10: 30 a.m.
Pub Date: 12/20/96