A Lessons & Carols Service for Christmastide — A Sanctified Art

David J. Holcomb



Use this time to welcome congregants to worship, share announcements, figure out any guest musicians you could possibly have, and explain the services. You may possibly include things like some info about the historical past of Lessons & Carols solutions, this kind of as, “The custom of the Lessons & Carols company goes back again to 19th century England. This special services proclaims the Word not as a result of a sermon but as a result of 9 ‘lessons,’ or scripture readings, and nine accompanying carols. Tonight’s support honors the composition of this regular provider while incorporating various scripture readings and carols to notify the Christmas story.”

Phone TO WORSHIP (primarily based on Isaiah 2:2-5)

In times to appear, the mountain of the Lord’s residence
shall be set up as the maximum of the mountains,
and shall be lifted above the hills
all the nations shall stream to it.

Numerous peoples shall come and say,
“Come, permit us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the residence of the God of Jacob
that he may well teach us his ways
and that we might stroll in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the phrase of the Lord from Jerusalem.

He shall decide among the nations,
and shall arbitrate for numerous peoples
they shall conquer their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks
country shall not raise up sword versus nation,
neither shall they understand war any additional.

O household of Jacob, appear,
permit us wander in the light of the Lord!

CAROL: “O Appear, All Ye Trustworthy

THE Initially LESSON: Isaiah 11:1-10

CAROL: “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”

THE Second LESSON: Isaiah 35:1-10

CAROL: “Joy to the World”

THE Third LESSON: Matthew 1:1-17

CAROL: “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”


CAROL: “The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came”

THE FIFTH LESSON: Matthew 1:18-25

CAROL: “O Occur, O Occur Emmanuel”

THE SIXTH LESSON: Luke 1:39-58

CAROL: “Canticle of the Turning”

Observe: This hymn is included in Glory to God and other present day hymnals. Sheet new music can be bought below. Alternate general public area suggestion: “O Holy Night”


CAROL: “O Little Town of Bethlehem”


CAROL: “Angels We Have Read on High”

THE NINTH LESSON: Matthew 2:1-12

Take note: If you would like to include things like an supplying all through this services, conclude the reading of the Ninth Lesson with a assertion these kinds of as, “As the Magi brought presents of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to rejoice the start of Christ, let us now bring our items prior to God,” and obtain the offering during the next carol.

CAROL: “The First Noel”

AFFIRMATION OF Faith (based mostly on John 1:1-14)

In the commencing was the Term,
and the Word was with God,
and the Phrase was God.
He was in the commencing with God.
All items arrived into staying through him,
and without him not a person matter came into staying.
What has appear into becoming in him was lifetime, and the everyday living was the light of all persons.
The light-weight shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it.

There was a gentleman sent from God whose title was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light-weight, so that all might think via him.
He himself was not the gentle, but he arrived to testify to the light.
The correct light-weight, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the entire world.

He was in the earth, and the world arrived into currently being by him,
yet the world did not know him.
He came to what was his have, and his possess individuals did not take him. But to all who obtained him, who thought in his name, he gave electric power to turn out to be little ones of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of male, but of God.

And the Term grew to become flesh and lived amid us,
and we have found his glory,
the glory as of a father’s only son,
full of grace and fact.


 Notice: This is the benediction provided in the From Era to Generation…Words for Worship source.

As you go away this put, may you go understanding that
from technology to technology,
we have been claimed and beloved.
From technology to era,
God has been by our aspect.
From generation to generation,
we are not alone.
The God of yesterday and the God of tomorrow
is aware of you by identify, enjoys you, and calls you forth,
saying, “Go be the person you are identified as to be,
enjoy wildly, do justice, and come back quickly.”
May possibly it be so. Amen.


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