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Advent Lessons and Carols, A Very Special Service

December 16, 2014

"I heard bells."
"That service really works for me."
"It was a spiritual experience. I cried."
These were some of the comments last Sunday evening when Epworth Chapel was a shimmering blaze of candlelight for our traditional service of Advent Lessons and Carols. 
The Nine Lessons are drawn largely from the Old Testament prophecies of the coming of the Christ who will set His people free, beginning with the familiar words from Isaiah:  "'Comfort, yes, comfort my people!'' says your God." and ending with the annunication of the Angel Gabriel to th Blessed Virgin Mary: ""You will be with child and give birth to a son."
Each lesson is followed by an Advent Carol that expresses the believer's longing for Christ to be born as a babe into our world and to come again to reign as King forever in the new heavens and new earth. 
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. It is this service which we do at Epworth.

As always the service was followed by cookies and punch and a time of fellowship.

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Theme Verse

Luke 1:78-79

Scripture Lessons

Dec 16: Zephaniah 3:14-20, Psalm 85, Philippians 4:4-9, Luke 3:7-18

Dec 9: Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalm 126, Philippians 1:1-11, Luke 3:1-6

Prayer Emphases

Nation: The Czech Republic

Denomination: Armenian Apostolic Church

Congregation: Sand Springs Church of the Nazarene, Sand Springs, OK, and the Rev. Rod Thelander

Ministry: Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Parishioners: Those living on Raymond Street

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