Sunday, December 10, 2017, was Lessons & Carols at St. Stephen’s:

Dear People of God: In the season of Advent, it is our responsibility and our joy to prepare ourselves to hear once again the message of the Angels, to go to Bethlehem and see the Son of God lying in a manger.

Let us hear and heed the story of God’s loving purpose from the time of humanity’s rebellion against Him until the glorious redemption brought to us by his Holy Child Jesus; and let us look forward to the yearly remembrance of his birth with hymns and songs of praise.

First Lesson:        Luke 1: 26-38 (Mary will bear a son)

Second Lesson:   “Annunciation” by Denise Levertov

Third Lesson:       Luke 1: 39-45 (Mary greeted by Elizabeth)

Fourth Lesson:     Meister Eckhart

Fifth Lesson:         Luke 2: 1-20 (Jesus is born)

Sixth Lesson:        “Blessed are the Shepherds” by Morton Kelsey

Seventh Lesson:    Luke 2: 22-38 (Jesus presented to Simeon at the Temple)

Eighth Lesson:      “The Christmas Story” by William Willimon

Ninth lesson:        John 3:16 (For God so loved the world)