Posted on in Celebrating our Ministries by The Rev. David Marshall
When I was a small child, there were important markers of the coming of Christmas. These included Christmas TV specials, like the Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and the decorating of the Christmas tree in our home. On Sunday we hope to help all of us at St. Dunstan’s Church get into the Christmas spirit with a new take on Lessons and Carols.
Lessons and Carols is a very old tradition, but we will do it with a fun twist. Instead of sticking with the traditional 14 (yes 14) readings, we are going with a few Scripture readings, then throwing in a couple heart-warming Christmas stories, great Christmas and Advent hymns, and beautiful poetry. We are offering a joyful, heart warming worship that will offer a sanctuary from the commercial expressions of the holiday. To top it all off, the St. Agnes Guild is offering a very special reception after the service that will include their special recipe Wassail.
This joyful re-imagining of Lessons and Carols, the Pageant on Christmas Eve, the beautiful Christmas Vigil at the Henry Chapel, and our Christmas morning worship are our communal thanksgiving offering to God for the profound gift of Jesus, the Christ. Even the frenetic marketing of holiday gift buying cannot overwhelm the wonder and beauty of the birth of Christ. Join us for these services and we will put all the noise and glitter of the holiday into the context of our gratitude to God for the coming of Christ.
Yours in Christ,