Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

8:00am and 10:45am

Please join all of the music ensembles and choirs for Lessons and Carols. The Chancel Choir, Praise Team, Bel Canto Ringers, Mount Olive Brass, and instrumentalists will offer music for the Advent and Christmas season. The services will be identical.

The tradition of the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols dates from 1880. It was introduced by the Bishop of Truro, The Rt. Rev. E. W. Benson. In 1918, the service was adopted by King’s College, Cambridge, where over the last century it has become justly famous. This service, in its original form, is broadcast from the Chapel at King’s College every Christmas Eve. While this great liturgy and music has its origins in Great Britain, we, as Lutheran Americans, celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior through our own vernacular musical language. Music is a great testament of the faith and courage that brought us here. We sing heartily and with joy, not only at the blessed birth of our Lord, but also His glorious Resurrection and Ascension. We encourage you to fully participate in singing the carols—listening to the Word—and meditating on the anthem texts.