From the Worldwide Faith News archives


Date 04 May 1996 20:30:34


                     IN CHRISTMAS TV SPECIAL 
                      by Jerry L. Van Marter 
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--The magic and wonder of Christmas will be revisited this 
holiday season in a new television special sponsored by the Presbyterian 
Church (U.S.A.) and First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. 
     The program, "Born in the Night," was produced for the National 
Council of Churches (NCC) and will be broadcast by ABC stations on Dec. 24 
or 25.  Videotapes of the program will also be available from Presbyterian 
Distribution Service (PDS) for $19.95. 
     According to an NCC promotional release, the show "promises to be 
exciting and different, contemporary and yet also traditional."  The show's 
premise is that in today's Atlanta as well as in the Bethlehem of Jesus' 
time life goes on even in the presence of such events as the birth of the 
     "The sights and sounds of children singing, bells ringing, candles 
glowing, glad tidings proclaimed will be woven together with scenes of the 
city at night, the world of joy and sadness, hope and despair," the release 
says.  "People everywhere wait for a time of peace and justice." 
     Singers and musicians of First Presbyterian Church provide the musical 
soundtrack for the program, which also includes Christmas meditations by 
its pastor, the Rev. George Wirth, and other pastors and members of the 
church.  The city of Atlanta supplies the visual backdrop for "Born in the 
     Videotapes of the program can be ordered by calling (800) 524-2612 and 
asking for PDS #70310-95-022. 

For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
  Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
  phone 502-569-5504            fax 502-569-8073  
  E-mail   Web page: 


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