2011 Festival of Lessons & Carols

December 24, 2011 ~ 2:00 PM Download PDF liturgy

All are welcome to join us after the service for a time of fellowship and merienda.
* Please stand if you are able.

~ God Calls Us To Worship ~

* Call to Worship ~ Psalm 98:1-4 & Gal. 4:4-5

* Prayer of Invocation (based on Luke 1:68-79)

* God’s Greetings ~ Revelation 1:4-5

* Opening Carol: #341 “O Come All Ye Faithful”

~ The Old Testament Prophecies of the Coming of Christ ~

First Lesson: Genesis 3:8-15
(After each Old Testament reading)
Minister: This is the Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!
Carol: #335 “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”

Second Lesson: Genesis 22:15-18
* Carol: #337 “Joy to the World!”

Third Lesson: Isaiah 7:10-14
Carol: #331:1-3 “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

Fourth Lesson: Isaiah 9:2-7
* Carol: “To Us a Child of Hope is Born”

Fifth Lesson: Micah 5:2-5a
Carol: “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

~ The New Testament Fulfillment in the First Coming of Christ ~

Sixth Lesson: Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-25
(After each Gospel reading)
Minister: The Gospel of the Lord.
Congregation: Praise be to you, O Christ!
* Carol: “What Child Is This”

Seventh Lesson: Luke 2:1-16
Carol: “Angels We Have Heard on High”

Eighth Lesson: John 1:1-5, 10-17

P: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
C: He was in the beginning with God.

P: All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
C: In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

P: Oh, come, let us adore Him,
C: Christ the Lord!

P: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
C: He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.

P: He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.
C: But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

P: Oh, come, let us adore Him,
C: Christ the Lord!

P: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
C: And we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

P: And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
C: For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

P: The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise be to you, O Christ!

* Carol: 1-3 “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”

~ The New Testament Hope of the Second Coming of Christ ~

Ninth Lesson: Revelation 21:1-4, 22-27; 22:1-5
Minister: This is our blessed hope! Christ is coming again soon!
Congregation: Amen! Come Lord Jesus!
Carol: # 339 “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”

~ We Go Forth With Thanksgiving and God’s Blessing ~

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Supplication
(prayer taken from the liturgy of Heidelberg, 1563)
ending in the Lord’s Prayer in unison

* Concluding Carol: #343 “Silent Night”

* Doxology: 4 “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”

* Benediction ~ 2 Corinthians 13:14


About Our Festival of Lessons and Carols

Welcome to our second annual “Festival of Lessons and Carols” service. This historic service engages our minds and grips our hearts as the drama of redemption is proclaimed to us from Genesis to Revelation. We hear the Scriptures read and briefly explained from nine passages, tracing the history of salvation. It begins with the promise of a Savior to Adam and Eve, moves to the promises announced to the Patriarchs and through the Prophets, culminates with the birth of the God-man in the Gospels, but looks forward to his glorious return which will bring peace on earth. Between each Scripture reading and lesson, we respond by singing sacred hymns, rich in theology, which exalt the person and work of Christ.

This service follows closely the pattern of the famous Christmas Eve celebration from King’s College Cambridge. Every year on Christmas Eve a festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is held in King’s College Chapel. The Festival was first introduced in 1919. It was later broadcast in 1928 and is now broadcast to millions of people around the world. The service includes carols and readings from the Bible. The opening carol is always “Once in Royal David’s City,” and there is always a new, specially commissioned carol. For more information about how you can view or listen to this service on Christmas Eve, visit the “events” page at the “King’s College Cambridge” website.

We hope this service causes you to reflect with wonder and awe upon the great significance of the incarnation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to trust in Him alone for salvation, and to look forward with hope to His second coming.

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