Charles A. Hickey is the pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church of Northern Kentucky (PCA) in Ludlow, KY.View All Posts
This Christmas Eve at 7:00 p.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church will be having a service of Lessons and Carols in celebration of the first advent of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It occurred to me that some may wonder as to the origins of this service of the Church.
Lessons and Carols began at King’s College Cambridge, England in 1918 after the end of the First World War. A chaplain of the British Army, Eric Milner-White, had been appointed Dean of King’s and wanted to remind the Cambridge community that peace comes from the Prince of Peace, following the dreadful days that had immediately preceded them. It was Milner-White’s desire that… “Wherever the service is heard and however it is adapted, whether the music is provided by choir or congregation, the pattern and strength of the service, as Dean Milner-White pointed out, derive from the lessons and not the music. ‘The main theme is the development of the loving purposes of God …’ seen ‘through the windows and words of the Bible’.”
As such, this service is not a worship service in the ordinary sense that we worship. There is no sermon preached, no sacrament administered, however, as the scriptures remind us in Psalm 27:6 and very specifically in Hebrews 13:15:
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
This Christmas Eve we shall gather to hear 10 Lesson from the Scriptures and sing 12 wonderful Christmas Carols that give song to the lessons we read. Please join us for this joyous time of rejoicing, praising the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the ever living Prince of Peace.