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Faith in Focus: Local churches ring in the new year

There is more than one way to ring in the new year. There are sparkly balls, acorn drops and the tunes of “Auld Lang Syne.” And some churches in Raleigh offer worship services as a way to celebrate the beginning of another year.



The music team at Edenton says there are relatively few pieces that have been written for an organ and trombone combination, and they describe the music at the concerts as uplifting.

There are two identical performances on New Year’s Eve at 7 and 9 p.m. The concerts will take place in the Edenton Street United Methodist Church sanctuary at 228 W. Edenton St. in downtown Raleigh.



At 7 p.m., the church will host the award-winning gospel group Instruments of Praise Concert Chorale, led by Zemir Kersey. At 8 p.m., Men4Worship will perform.



Nesby has been in the music business for more than 25 years, and her career includes two Grammy wins as part of the Sounds of Blackness collective.

Henry describes himself as a comedian and a preacher.

Body of Christ is located at 4501 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh.



The church is located at 231 Capcom Ave., Suite 124, Wake Forest.



The church is located at 5029 Old Stage Road, Raleigh.



The church is located at 328 W. South St., Raleigh.



Music will feature hits from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. Admission costs $10 and can be paid at the door.

The dance, set for 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., will take place at Crossroads’ Millbrook campus at 2721 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh.



The New Year’s Eve Holy Ghost Party will begin at 9 p.m. and end at midnight.

The church is located at 1731 Trawick Road, Raleigh.



The church is located at 4020-152 Capital Blvd. Raleigh.

Holy Day of Obligation

In the Roman Catholic tradition, Jan. 1 is one of the Holy Days of Obligation, or feast days that celebrate important components of the Catholic faith. Holy Days of Obligation mean that the faithful are supposed to attend Mass and, if possible, not do any work that might get in the way of worship.

Every Sunday is considered a Holy Day of Obligation, along with other selected feast days throughout the year.

The year begins with a day to honor the Solemnity of Mary. Worshippers are reminded that Christ’s birth was celebrated one week earlier, and they honor Mary’s important role as his mother.

Sacred Heart Cathedral, which is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, will host Holy Day of Obligation vigils on Dec. 31, in English at 5:30 p.m. and in Spanish at 8 p.m.

Mass is also scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 1.

Carla Turchetti compiles Faith in Focus each week. Email her with details of upcoming events at carla.turchetti.writer@gmail.com.

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