I've been reading about the origins of the Nine Lessons and Carols festival this week and I was delighted to learn that it was created to bring more imagination and creativity to worship.
The Nine Lessons and Carols service, which had its origin in 1880, was made famous through services held at King’s College, Cambridge beginning in 1918. The dean of the college became convinced that more imaginative worship was needed by the Church of England.
Nowadays we can find many variations of the Nine Lessons and Carols service. This reminds us that, though all traditions were once new, the church’s worship needs an injection of creativity every now and then. In my opinion we need this especially at Christmas to keep us from taking the nativity for granted.
It is my hope that you will enjoy the Lessons and Carols service we have put together for you this coming Sunday. I have sought to mix some of the old tradition with some fresher expressions of worship. In this service you can expect to sing some of the Carols you know and love, as well as some others which will encourage us go deeper in our time together with God.
That is my heart’s desire for all of us to draw closer to God this Christmas.
May we reflect deeply and consider afresh, the birth of Christ in all its fulness and meaning.
God bless you,