Historic Salem Black River Presbyterian Church to present 4th-Annual Christmas at Brick Street

BY IVY MOORE
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 12/14/17

Salem Black River Presbyterian Church will present its 4th-Annual Christmas at Brick Street at 3 p.m. Sunday. The program on the third Sunday of Advent is the historic church's regular worship …

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Historic Salem Black River Presbyterian Church to present 4th-Annual Christmas at Brick Street

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Salem Black River Presbyterian Church will present its 4th-Annual Christmas at Brick Street at 3 p.m. Sunday. The program on the third Sunday of Advent is the historic church's regular worship service with the addition of four lessons and carols.

Also known as Brick Church, Salem Black River has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978. It was built in 1846 in the Greek Revival Style and "has played an important role in the development and history of the surrounding rural community ... (and is) the mother church of several other Presbyterian churches in the area," according to the National Register.

"The acoustics are so good, and this is a special occasion, so the congregation invites the public to join us for the service," said William L. Scobee, choir director and organist.

He described the service as "an abbreviated service of the Lessons and Carols. The choir will sing four anthems, and the congregation will sing three."

The choir for Sunday will comprise the St. James Lutheran Church choir and the Friends of Crestwood (High School) Chamber Choir. Michael Baier will accompany the final anthem, "O Little Town of Bethlehem," on cello.

Scobee has selected the anthems that precede each of the lessons, the traditional Bible passages that have been read in the service of Lessons and Carols for almost a century. The lessons will be read by community and congregation members, with Brick Church Pastor Dr. George Wilkes reading the fourth, "The Wise Men are Led by the Star to Jesus," (Matthew II).

Wilkes will then give his sermon titled "God Up Close."

Refreshments will be served in the meeting house following the service.

To get to Salem Black River Presbyterian Church from Sumter, take U.S. 378 to Dabbs Crossroads - at the intersection of U.S. 378 and S.C. Highway 527, turn left on 527. The church is on the left, about two miles from 527.