The Hamburg Association of Churches will sponsor a Community Advent Candlelight Service featuring a 100-voice ecumenical choir at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in St. James United Church of Christ, 76 Main St., Village of Hamburg.
The service will feature Scripture readings by area clergy and a program of traditional Christmas carols with congregational participation. The St. James Children's Liturgical Dance Choir will interpret carols using sign language and dance.
Choir members will be provided by All Saints Lutheran, St. Bernadette Catholic, St. Peter and Paul Catholic, Hamburg Presbyterian, Trinity Episcopal, Hamburg Methodist, Grace Lutheran and St. Matthew's United Church of Christ, as well as the host church. Margaret Bukkosy of St. James Church is music coordinator.
Human rights Mass scheduled
Bishop Edward D. Head of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese will be the principal celebrant of a Mass observing World Day of Pray for Human Rights at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 16 in St. Joseph's Cathedral, 50 Franklin St.
Sponsored by the Diocesan Peace and Justice Commission, the Mass will include prayers focusing on the freedoms of religion, speech, assembly, travel and emigration, plus freedom from want, tyranny and subjugation.
The prayers will be based on articles of the United Nations' Bill of Rights.
The Mass will be preceded by a procession of people, many in costumes of various cultures and ethnic backgrounds.
Some of them will also participate in the offertory procession and the Prayers of the Faithful.
Revival to target addiction
A revival focusing on freedom from drug or alcohol dependency will be held each evening next week in Delaine Waring African Methodist Episcopal Church, 680 Swan St.
The Rev. Wendell Hamner, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, will preach at the 7 p.m. services Monday through Friday. Choirs from throughout the city will sing.
The Rev. Henry A. Wynn, pastor of Delaine Waring, said the revival will offer "a fresh start on life for those suffering from addictive diseases, alcoholism, chemical dependency and smoking."
Newman biographer to speak
The Rev. Ian Ker, a biographer of Cardinal John Henry Newman and outgoing senior chaplain at Oxford University in England, will discuss Newman's impact on the Catholic Church at 8 p.m. Monday in St. Joseph's Church, 3247 Main St.
The free, public lecture is sponsored by the Campus Ministry of the Buffalo Diocese and the Newman Centers of the University at Buffalo campuses to observe the 100th anniversary of Newman's death in 1890.
Newman, an Anglican priest who became a Catholic priest, founded the Newman centers, the Catholic houses of prayer, study and hospitality located near public colleges and universities.
Friday marks 'Day of Peace'
More than a dozen clergy representing several faiths will participate in a "Holiday Day of Peace" program at noon Friday on the Erie Community College North Campus in Amherst.
The program, sponsored by the Student Government Association, will consist of a luncheon followed by a service at 1 p.m. during which each clergy member will offer a two-minute prayer for peace in the Middle East. Michael Damico, student government president, said the luncheon is by invitation only; the service is open to students.
Pope is topic of talk on Friday
James Likoudis, president of Catholics United for the Faith, will speak on Pope John Paul II and the relationship between the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches after a 7:30 p.m. Mass Friday in St. Stephen the Protomartyr Byzantine Church, 575 Ayer Road, Amherst.
The talk, sponsored by Credo of Buffalo Chapter of Catholics United for the Faith, will include a survey of the writings of Vladimir Soloviev, a 19th-century Russian pioneer of ecumenism. The event is open to the public.
Builder to tell of finding God
Lyman Rice, an Albion home builder, will tell how he turned his life around after finding God during a meeting of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International at 6:45 p.m. Monday in Vincent's on the Boulevard restaurant, 1620 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.
Rice, who describes himself as a workaholic, will describe how he put the needs of his business above those of his family until he learned to place the care of both his business and his life in the hands of God.