St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Sunday, December 17, 2017

Music Ministry





As this Sunday is the third Sunday in Advent it will soon be time to refocus our attention from waiting and preparing for celebrating the birth of Jesus to actually celebrating the birth of Jesus. At St. Paul’s there will be several wonderful opportunities to celebrate the reason for the season. There will be three worship services on December 24 since Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year. There will be a combined worship service at 9:15 AM. Later that day there will be a 5 PM and a 7 PM Christmas Eve worship service.

The 7 PM Christmas Eve worship service will feature a new cantata format -- A Festival of Lessons and Carols. This Festival will include readings of select Bible verses, the Chancel Choir, with congregational participation, will be singing traditional Christmas carols, and St. Paul’s Ringers will be accompanying this work.

This beautiful Christmas Eve worship tradition dates back to Christmas Eve in 1880 at Truro Cathedral in Truro, England. It was launched in place of a long-standing custom for the church choir to sing Christmas carols at the homes of congregation members.

The first Festival of Lessons and Carols in Truro was held in a temporary wooden structure while a new cathedral was being built. Over 400 people attended this service. In December 2013, when Truro Cathedral repeated the original 1880 Festival of Lessons and Carols service, it was attended by more than1,500 people.

In 1900 a Festival Service of Lessons and Carols was done at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England. This service was broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corporation [BBC] and has been broadcast continuously ever since. As a result, this concept reached a very wide audience, and churches large and small throughout the world began to present a version of a Festival of Lessons and Carols every year.

Please invite friends and family to join us in singing A Festival of Lessons and Carols at 7 PM on Christmas Eve.

As always, please contact me at if you have any questions, comments, suggestions or more information on any of our music ministries.


Blessings, Shelley 

THURSDAY, 12/14, at St. Paul’s at 7 PM