The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was first celebrated in Cornwall, England, in 1880. It has been celebrated annually since 1918 at King’s College, Cambridge University. Through a series of readings followed by sung responses, the liturgy leads us through the biblical account of humanity’s rebellion, our subsequent ruin, God’s promises of redemption, and the advent of the Redeemer.

Join us this year on Christmas Eve at 5:00 p.m. at 1795 W. College Avenue. Lessons & Carols will also be livestreamed at and

If you are able to join us in person, please help us enjoy Lessons & Carols in a way that is healthful and helps others feel comfortable by wearing a face covering indoors and sitting with appropriate distancing between household groups.

To participate online, open the Lessons & Carols livestream in a separate window (Links: 1. YouTube stream on | 2. Facebook Live). Then, scroll down on this page to follow along with the linked Scripture lessons and carols. You can also view a PDF of the print program here

The Advent Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

The Prelude: “What Child Is This” (arr. Charles Callahan)

Welcome & Invocation

The Opening Carol: Once in Royal David’s City” (#322)

1st Lesson: Rebellion & Ruin | Genesis 3:8-19

Carol: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (#293)

2nd Lesson: A Redeemer for the Nations | Genesis 22:9-18

Carol: “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” (#268)

3rd Lesson: The Coming King | Isaiah 9:1-7

Choir Anthem: “Lovely Child, Holy Child” (arr. Valerie Shields)

4th Lesson: The Kingdom of Peace | Isaiah 11:1-9

Carol: “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” (#305)

5th Lesson: The Annunciation | Luke 1:26-38

Choir Anthem: “The Angel Gabriel” (arr. John Howell)

6th Lesson: The Arrival | Luke 2:1-7

Carol: “Silent Night! Holy Night!” (#315)

7th Lesson: The First Witnesses | Luke 2:8-20

Carol: “Angels We Have Heard on High” (#318)

8th Lesson: The Magi | Matthew 2:1-12

Carol: O Come, All Ye Faithful” (#319)

9th Lesson: The Explanation | John 1:1-18

Anthem: “O Holy Night”

The Meditation | Pastor Zach Simmons

The Closing Carol: “Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come” (#299)

The Benediction

The Postlude: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (Burgmayer)