Westwood - Grace Episcopal Church in Westwood invites all to join its congregation for a joyful celebration of Christmas. The parish will offer services of celebration and thanksgiving on Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m. and at 11 p.m. holiday choral music will begin at 10:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The church will celebrate on Christmas Day with the Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. in the morning.
The 4 p.m. Christmas Eve service will be a family Eucharist with the church's annual Christmas Pageant. In the pageant, the youth of the parish will enact and tell of the story of the first Christmas, of Mary and Joseph and then the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem with the animals. At 11 p.m., the parish will celebrate its traditional "midnight" festal mass, preceded by a vigil of music from the choir and singing by the congregation, followed by the story of Christmas.
On Christmas morning at 9 a.m., the church will celebrate the Holy Eucharist and hear the Christmas day readings from scripture. This will a simple quiet service of thanksgiving and is a special way of marking the holiness of this day.
On Dec. 27, Grace Church will also mark the season with its Annual Service of Lessons and Carols at both 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Those attending this service will hear the traditional Bible passages regarding the birth of Jesus. Accompanying these readings are many of the traditional and favorite carols and hymns of the season. Lastly, Grace Church will celebrate the New Year, known to Christians as the Feast of the Holy Name, with mass at 10 a.m. on Jan. 1.
Anyone looking for a way to celebrate the traditions of Christmas and the joy of the season is invited and welcome during this season of peace and good will. For more information about the services or for directions, call the church office at 201-664-0407. Grace Episcopal Church is located at Five Corners in Westwood, the corner of Kinderkamack Road and Harrington Avenue just across from the fireman's memorial.
Justin Bieber - Drummer Boy --> printable sheet music
The stockings are hung,
the carols are being sung.
My heart is filled with joy,
along with every girl and boy.
It's really hard to go to sleep,
you want to go and take a peep.
And, when you're finally in bed,
visions of Santa dance in your head.
Your stockings are overflowing,
everyone's face is glowing.
You must open family presents first,
you're so excited you just might burst.
Then Santa's are the next to go,
you tear off the wrapping and the bow.
You rip them open one by one, seeing toy after toy,
each filled with fun.
Once your thank-yous have been said,
you are definitely ready for bed.
You tell everyone good-night,
and your heart becomes light.
And while in bed,
the day dances in your head.
You thank the Lord for today,
while you slowly drift away.