Advent Lessons and Carols, December 13
November 30, 2015
One of the glories of the Advent experience at Epworth is our annual service of Advent Lessons and Carols. This candlelight service includes scripture lessons and hymns that lead us from the Old Testament prophets to the birth of Christ. (read about last year's service)
This service is one way in which we follow the example of the people of Israel, as commanded in Joshua 4:6-7:
That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.
Much of what sustained the people of Israel as a people over the centuries can be traced to the fact that they gathered annually to recount, together and aloud, the stories of God’s deliverances of their forefathers. The public, oral recounting constituted them as a people.
In a similar way, we constitute ourselves as a congregation of the people of God, when we meet together and publicly, orally, recount the stories of God’s deliverance of and provision for his people We make that history ours, and we become part of it.
So come, help to tell the story, and re-live the history of the people of God as our history. Invite your friends to participate and to make the story theirs, too.
The service of Lessons and Carols is considered a very traditional one in Anglican churches, but actually only dates back to late-Victorian times when it was developed as a Christmas Eve service in Truro Cathedral. The service was soon adapted for use in King's College, Cambridge, and its worldwide popularity has spread from there.
There are two services: Advent Lessons and Carols and Christmas Lessons and Carols. The original service was for Christmas Eve, but in schools and colleges a service was needed for use before the term ended and students departed for the holidays. Therefore, Advent Lessons and Carols was developed. This is this service which we do at Epworth.
Cookies and punch will follow the service. Please bring a plate of your favorite Christmas cookies to share.