Year End Blessings

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

This week’s CliffNotes is a guest post by Brian Murphy, Executive Pastor.

On Sunday morning we will come together to celebrate with a service of Lessons and Carols. This service helps us recall our great need, God’s great provision and our current hope by taking us through nine scripture readings and nine hymns that tell the story of our redemption – past, present and future.

The service has been adapted from an order first used in 1880 by E. W. Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury. He first celebrated the service of Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve in a wooden shed, which stood as his cathedral in Truro, England.

From then the liturgy was adapted for further use on Christmas Eve and in Christmastide services. It gained exceptional momentum in 1928 when the Festival of Lessons and Carols was broadcast from Kings College Chapel at Cambridge University.

You can read more about the liturgy here.

I have heard Bryan Brown, our Worship Pastor, describe this service as “the last breath of Christmas.” I like the picture of us taking a deep, grateful breath together and exhaling songs of thanksgiving for all that the triune God has done for us.

Remember, we will have one service this Sunday at 10am. Bring a finger food to share and plan to stay after for a few minutes to enjoy old friends and meet friends to be.

Merry Christmas!

Brian

PS Remember that your year-end gift must be received or postmarked no later than December 31 in order to be counted on your 2013 tax return. You can drop your contributions in the collection plate this Sunday or mail them to the church office – 1201 west 24th Street 78705.