Pastors from the New York City area tell how congregations there will celebrate Christmas in this year of terror, tragedy and war:
St. Peter Lutheran Church is in the heart of Manhattan where 600 people, including tourists, worship at its famous jazz liturgy on most Sundays. Condolence gifts from across the country and around the world arrived at its door after Sept. 11 — including 250 candles from a church in Hamburg, Germany. Each candle came with a card from a German child. Amandus Derr, pastor, will put them into the hands of the congregation's children and those of its partner synagogue and mosque. The candles will be lit during a joint service to symbolize hope growing out of darkness.
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