“Even though we hear the same scriptures each year, I am not the same person hearing them.”
The traditional service of Lessons and Carols returns to TUMC this Sunday with trumpet and horn, trombone and tuba, organ and piano, soloists and choir, beloved scriptures and readers of all ages.
In 1880, the Bishop of Truro, England, composed a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas Eve, based on ancient sources. In 1918, it was adapted for the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, by its Dean, Eric Milner–White, who also wrote The Bidding Prayer:
Beloved in Christ, this Christmas Season it is our duty and delight
to prepare ourselves to hear again the message of the angels,
and to go in heart and mind to Bethlehem,
and see this thing which is come to pass,
and the Babe lying in a manger.
December, more than any month, brings around a collection of beloved scripture year after year. As we read together last Wednesday morning with the Men’s Bible Conversation, one of the participants observed: “Even though we hear the same scriptures each year, I am not the same person hearing them.”
Some years we hear the comfort, some the hope. Some years, the story itself shines through. Sometimes we more closely identify with a particular member of the Nativity scene. Wherever this season finds you, you will find yourself blessed by the reading and hearing of God’s word, and the singing of treasured carols. While each Sunday’s services will differ in carols and scriptures, all will bring us the Good News of Jesus’ birth:
Sunday, December 10
Sanctuary 9:30 and 11:00AM
Sunday, December 17
Sanctuary 8:30AM and Fellowship Hall 11:00AM
Come—all ye faithful—and let us worship God together.