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New pastor named

The Rev. Lee M. Miller II, a native of Jamestown, has been called as the new senior pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Buffalo's largest Lutheran parish.

Miller had been serving as senior pastor of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Philadelphia.
He is the seventh senior pastor in Holy Trinity's 133-year history.

Raised in Lockport and Syracuse, Miller is a graduate of the University at Albany and the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He was ordained in 1998. Miller and his wife, Heather, have a 4-year-old son.

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New form of worship

St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, 128 Pearl St., will introduce a new form of worship for the holiday season beginning at 5 p.m. today. The mystery and hope of the Christmas season will be the focus of Mysterium, a worship service exploring contemporary faith through ancient Christian worship.
The worship experience will include candlelight, rising incense, icons and interactive meditation stations that move worshippers into the mystery of God coming to earth.

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Anointing for healing

A Blue Christmas service to comfort people injured, ill, grieving or overwhelmed by the holiday season will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 in Faith United Church of Christ, 8651 Boston State Road, Town of Boston. Anointing for healing will be offered. All are welcome.
For more information, contact the church office at 941-3529 or visit the church website at www.faithunitedchurchucc.com.

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Campus creche walk

A campus "creche walk" will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at St. Bonaventure University. The community is invited to gather at 3 p.m. at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Participants then will "follow the star" to other campus sites for creche displays, spiritual reflections and holiday music.

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Deacon elected chairman

Deacon Michael McKeating has been elected as chairman of the St. Mary's High School board of trustees.

McKeating, a deacon for many years in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, has served on the high school board since 2007.

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Advent service set

Bishop Richard J. Malone will preside over Solemn Choral Vespers for the First Sunday of Advent at 4 p.m, Sunday, at Christ the King Seminary's St. John Vianney Chapel in East Aurora. Evening Prayer includes chanted dialogue, seasonal hymns, readings from sacred scripture and the singing of the Magnificat, the traditional Canticle of Mary. A holiday reception will follow the service. All are welcome. For more information call the seminary music office at 652-6565.