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Speak up: Let us be prophets for our time

Religion As we always do in the first part of advent, today we encounter John the Baptist in the town of Bethany, near the Jordan. In John’s gospel, the Baptist is being confronted by religious officials: Priests and Levites who have come from Jerusalem to question him. He readily admits that he is not the Christ, nor is he Elijah or the Prophet. He insists, quoting Isaiah, that he is... 4:00pm 12/16/17

Zion Episcopal Church hosts Messiah Sing Sunday

Religion Zion Episcopal Church, 140 W. Liberty St., will hold its 31st annual Messiah Sing at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Soloists this year are Erin MacDonald, soprano; Megan Montana, mezzo-soprano; Robert Dunlap, tenor; and David Kolb, baritone. G. Roberts Kolb, from Hamilton College, will once again conduct the event, and Sar-Shalom Strong will serve as piano accompanist. The community... 4:00pm 12/16/17

Blue Christmas worship Dec. 20

Religion VERONA — Not everyone is merry at Christmas time. Some are struggling or having a hard time. St. Peter’s Lutheran Church wants people to know: you’re not alone. “Many find that the holiday season brings more pain than joy.” The church at 4897 Old Oneida Road is hosting a worship service where you don’t have to be jolly. A “Blue Christmas” worship service will take place at 7... 4:00pm 12/16/17

Whitesboro hosts holiday services

Religion WHITESBORO — Trinity United Methodist Church, 8595 Westmoreland Road, has scheduled holiday services. The Blue Christmas Service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, and the Christmas Eve Service Sunday, Dec. 24 will also be held at 7 p.m. 4:00pm 12/16/17

Special worship in Durhamville

Religion Durhamville Baptist Church will host a Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. The service includes Scripture and songs.The church is located at 5294 Church St. Durhamville. For more information call 315-363-3753. 4:00pm 12/16/17

Christmas Eve service in Oriskany

Religion ORISKANY — Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1117 Utica St., will hold a morning worship service at 9:55 on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24., with special music. There will also be a candlelight worship with communion at 6 p.m. The Christmas story will be presented with Scripture and carols. There also will be special music. Those of all faith traditions are welcome. For... 4:00pm 12/16/17