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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Nine Lessons and Carols

Advent Service
Rosemary Ponnekanti – Organist
Most of us have heard the Christmas story a lot: following Luke’s gospel in church, reading Sunday School books, watching our children’s pageant, even movies. But this year St. Luke’s is going to experience that story in a whole new way. On Sunday December 13 at 4 p.m. our church will be filled with voices, bells, flutes, candlelight and the word of God in our first Nine Lessons and Carols Advent Service.

A tradition that comes from England in the early 1900s, the Lessons and Carols service is now popular in Anglican churches around the world – we have two here in Tacoma on Dec. 6 – and the “original” service from King’s College, Cambridge is broadcast worldwide on the BBC.

Using nine Bible readings alternating with nine sung carols, the service tells the Christmas story from Adam’s fall to Jesus’ birth. Here at St. Luke’s the service will be read and sung and played from all four corners of our beautiful church, with two choirs, soloists and instrumentalists balancing the carols sung by the congregation. It will be both familiar and new; hushed and joyful; comforting and magical.

If you’ve ever been to a Lessons and Carols service, you’ll know how special they are: a journey of words and music from darkness to light, as dusk closes in. We’ll also have refreshments afterwards in the parish hall.

Please join us!