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 Friday, December 22 at 6:00 p.m. at 1795 W. College Avenue.

The Advent Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

The Prelude

Welcome & Invocation

The Opening Carol

The Lessons and Carols

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Meditation | Pastor Zach Simmons

The Closing Carol

The Benediction

The Postlude