Lessons & Carols Service: December 22
The story of the fall from grace in the Garden of Eden, visions of Old Testament prophets, the announcement of the Incarnation by the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, and the birth of Jesus will be interspersed with Christmas hymns and carols including music by Thomas Brown, Ralph Vaughan Wiliams, John Rutter, William Mathias, Charles Villiers Stanford, Dan Edwards, and Robert Lau.
Instrumentalists will include Paul Neebe, trumpet; Sofia Gaumàn, recorder; Anita-Burroughs-Price, harp; and Tom Warburton, organ. We join churches around the world in offering this beloved service of scripture and music to celebrate Christ’s birth.
Christmas Joy Offering: The Christmas Joy Offering of the Presbyterian Church (USA) will be received Sunday, December 22. The offering will bring good news of great joy to the poor in circumstance or spirit. This special offering provides the opportunity for future leaders of the church, from all racial and ethnic backgrounds, to pursue and fulfill their dreams through Presbyterian-related education. The offering also helps families of active and retired church workers meet unexpected needs through the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions.