Dec 24, 2018 · Liturgy Lessons: Christmas Eve 2018. Our Christmas Eve service this year is a festival of “lessons and carols.” This is a century-old tradition (started in 1918 in Cambridge) that consists of nine scripture readings that retell the gospel narrative. Now with even more of your favourite carols, the Bethlehem Carol Sheet is perfect for your Advent and Christmas events both in your church and in your community. It is well-loved by Christians who use it to raise money to give hope and help to children in the Holy Land.

“The Cherry Tree Carol” is a Christmas carol that first appeared in 13th-century England; an American version was discovered in Appalachia in the 20th century. Stonehill College Biblical scholar Mary Joan Winn Leith explains the carol’s roots in early Christian Syrian churches. text of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol complemented by a four-part discussion guide for Christian individuals or groups. You will notice that each part of the study follows immediately after the section (or in Dickens’ terms, “stave,” a synonym for “stanza,” in keeping with the carol/song metaphor) to be read for that week. 6. The meaning of Christmas Narrative The Christmas story, therefore, reminds us of the miracle of Jesus`s birth, that God became a man like us and yet He was still God. Christmas also reminds us that Christ is a gift to us--the gift of new life and salvation. Carol – Joy to the World / We wish you a Merry Christmas! Joy to the World 1.