This past Sunday, December 22nd, we had our Lessons and Carols service. It is always a moving service filled the Scripture and some of our favorite hymns! The very first Lessons and Carols service dates back to December 24, 1880, and it was held at Truro Cathedral in the United Kingdom.
Christmas Carols has only recently started to be sung in churches; before that, they were only sung at homes. In 1916, Brown University held its first service of Lessons and Carols, and has continued this tradition every since. However, the popularity of this service really started in 1918, when it was held at King's College in Cambridge. The new dean had served as a military chaplain and was concerned that the Great War (World War 1) had hardened the peoples' hearts against religion. He decided that this service would be a way of bringing Christmas back to the church. It was very successful! Then the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) began broadcasting the service on the radio in 1928, and followed by airing it on television in 1954. Now, it is traditionally pre-recorded in early or mid-December , then broadcast on Christmas Eve. If you haven't seen it, take a couple of hours this Christmas season and check it out online!
Rev. CHRIS HOUTZ
Welcome to the pastor’s blog! This page will have sermons uploaded so you can listen to them whenever you want, and I will add a brief reflection on the text, the sermon, or a little bit of both. My hope is that you will be able to see that the Bible can still speak to our world today, and that we can always find a note of God’s grace in any passage, whether it is one of the most well-known and beloved passages, or one of the most difficult readings to grasp.
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We are a friendly, multi-cultural congregation that welcomes all to worship with us as we glorify our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; sing praises to God, the Father; and let the Holy Spirit guide our footsteps. As faithful witnesses to our Christian beliefs, we dedicate ourselves to worship, stewardship and discipleship. We will always endeavor to nurture the youth in our congregation to grow in their commitment to God and the Church and to become active participants in the life and work of the Church.
We commit ourselves to evangelism and mission to spread the good news of Jesus Christ to all people in a variety of ways in our community and beyond.
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