Two Services of Lessons & Carols
Sunday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Covenant’s Annual Festival of Advent and Christmas Lessons and Carols is a highlight of the season, featuring the entire family of Covenant's children, youth and adult vocal and handbell choirs led by John Richardson and Rob Dicks, accompanied by organ, piano, clarinet, flute and cello.
Nine scripture lessons interspersed among carols and motets tell the story of humanity from the fall of Adam and Eve to the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus.
The worship service is held in the Sanctuary at 11 a.m. and is led by the Covenant Choir, Covenant Ringers and the Angelus and Chorister Children’s Choirs.
A second Lessons and Carols service will take place at 5 p.m. led by the Covenant Choir, a newly formed Covenant Bell Ensemble and the Youth Chorale and Youth Bell Choir. A special offering will be received to benefit Crisis Assistance Ministry.
Years ago, Alice MacArthur and John Sadler Hayes II donated a set of English-made Whitechapel handbells that we will use as free-ringing and chordal peals for the ancient chant, Creator of the Stars of Night. Members of the adult and youth handbell choirs will ring in thanksgiving for the Hayes’s lovely gift.
Rob Dicks, assistant music director, says, "I love how Lessons and Carols moves through the story of Jesus’ coming and birth. There is a rhythm to the alternating readings and carols that moves you through the foreshadowing of the Messiah, to the profound beginning of John’s Gospel, “In the beginning was the Word.” As a church musician you might think this kind of thing gets old, but it never does."
Scroll to the bottom for details on our Christmas Eve offering (received at all services).
Children's Christmas EVe Service
11 a.m., Sanctuary