2013 Festival of Lessons & Carols
Download the whole program hereÂ (PDF).
You, your family, and your friends are invited to join us as we joyfully celebrate and reverently remember the greatest drama ever told: the coming of God in the flesh!
We will sing classic Christmas songs such as:Â O Come All Ye Faithful, Angels from the Realms of Glory,Â andÂ O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.
This is not a â€œconcertâ€ or a â€œperformanceâ€ or a â€œsing-along,â€ but an opportunity to be served by God through his Word and to participate by lifting together your voice in response, gratitude, and praise.
How:Â Through readings from God’s Holy Word, we will recount the dramatic history of salvation. We will survey the whole panorama of redemptive history from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 1), through the promises to the Patriarchs and to the Prophets, and to their climactic fulfillment in the Gospels: the Incarnation of the Eternal Word. Finally, we look forward to the return of the God-Man to this earth (Revelation 22). This service is modeled after the Anglican â€œFestival of Nine Lessons and Carolsâ€ first drawn up for a Christmas Eve service in 1880. This â€œfestivalâ€ was later modified in 1918 by Eric Milner-White for King’s College in Cambridge, England. Since then, this service has been adapted for use in Christian churches all over the world.
The service is a covenantal dialogue between God and his people: God speaks in the Scripture read and briefly explained; the people respond in songs of praise.
Meditation: â€œWise Men from the East Opened Their Treasures and Offered Him Giftsâ€Â based onÂ Matthew 2:11 (text); Isaiah 60:6; and John 19:39.
After Service: Light merienda will be served immediately following the service as we reverently and joyfully celebrate the first coming of our Savior.
For a preview of the service, below are the first two pages of the program:
1 The text of this page is largely from the website of Calvary United Reformed Church in Loveland, CO.