A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Title:A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Bulletin Date: January 1, 2012 5:00 am

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Priest-in-Charge:  The Rev. Catherine D. Hicks

(BCP—Book of Common Prayer, H-Hymnal 1982) 
As you enter this sacred space that has been set aside for time with God, join us in silence as we go to God in prayer.


Prelude                                        “Mary, Did you know?”            Nancy Long, soloist

Welcome                                     The Rev. Catherine D. Hicks

The Ringing of the Bell            

Hymn                                           Once in Royal David’s City (1-2,5)                    H 102

Reading                                       Hebrews 1:1-4 

Bidding Prayer

The First Lesson:                     Genesis 2:4b-9, 15-25  
God creates man and woman to live in obedience to him in the Garden of Eden

Hymn                                           Of the Father’s Love Begotten                             H 82

Hymn                                           The tree of life my soul hath seen

The Second Lesson:                 Genesis 3:1-15 
Adam and Eve rebel against God and are cast out of the Garden of Eden.

Hymn                                           O Come, O Come, Emmanuel                                 H 56

The Third Lesson:                    Isaiah 35:1-10           
The prophet proclaims that God will come and save us.

Hymn                                           Prepare the Way, O Zion                                       H 65

The Fourth Lesson:                  Luke 1:26-56              
The Angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will bear the Son of the Most High.

Hymn                                           The Angel Gabriel                                                   H 265

The Fifth Lesson:                      Luke 1:57-80            
John the Baptist is born and his father rejoices that his son will prepare the way of the Lord

Hymn                                           There’s a Voice in the Wilderness Crying          H 75

The Sixth Lesson:                     Luke 2:1-14                   
Jesus is born at Bethlehem

Hymn                                           Hark the Herald, Angels Sing                               H 87

The Seventh Lesson:                Luke 2:15-20           
The shepherds share the good news  

Hymn                                           Go, Tell it on the Mountain                                   H 99

The Eighth Lesson:                  Luke 2:21-35       
Jesus is named and presented in the temple

Hymn                                           Morning Star

The Ninth Lesson:                    John 1:1-18          
The Word was made flesh and we have seen His glory

Hymn                                           O Come all ye faithful                                             H 83

Closing Collect

The Christmas Blessing

Hymn                                           Joy to the World                                                   H 100


Many thanks to Thomas Guthrie, our organist today since Brad is on vacation. We extend thanksgivings for all of the readers for today. 

Please plan to attend the Epiphany service this coming Friday night at 7PM.  This service marks the end of the Christmas season and the beginning of Epiphany, the season  of the church year in which we experience the unfolding of the identity of Jesus as the Son of God through scripture and song.                                                   



Welcome to St Peter’s!  Our hope is that you will find God’s love present with you in this place and that you will return here often to worship.


The Offering will be taken in the rear of the Church.  Please be generous as we begin 2012 and continue our mission to a world in distress.


A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is the Christmas Eve service first held in King’s College Chapel in 1918. It was conceived by Eric Milner-White, the Dean of the College, whose experience as an army chaplain had led him to believe that more imaginative worship was needed by the Church of England. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir music.


———————————  This  Week ————————————–

·   Wed., Jan. 4th  10:00am –  Midweek Bible Study

·   Wed., Jan. 4th   4:45pm –  Children’s Choir

·   Wed., Jan. 4th   5:00pm – Village Dinner

·   Fri.,  Jan. 6th   7:00pm – Epiphany Service



St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

828 Water Street

PO Box 399, Port Royal, VA  22535

Website:  www.churchsp.org

Parish Office:  (804) 742-5908

The Vestry

Linda Beck, Senior Warden –(804)  742-5056

Liz Heimbach , Junior Warden – (804) 742-5543

Bill Smith, Terri Harrison, Carolyn Davis, Eunice Key

Clarence Kunstmann, Treasurer & Terri Harrison, Registrar

Brad Volland – Music Director & Organist

Webmaster – Ben Hicks

The Rev. Catherine D. Hicks, Priest- in- Charge

(540) 809-7489, (540) 898-1586, stpetersrev@gmail.com

Christ Centered, Biblically Based, Spirit Filled, Caring

                                   Prayer List                                          


Jeremy Pitts

Bud and Cathy Mercurio  

C. W.

Roland Richards

Brad Volland

Marilyn Washington

Denise Bradford

Mary Ann Gawalt

John and Sylvia Sellars

Danny Chaffin

Jeremiah Butler

Joyce Makey

David Watson

Julia and Adrienne Acors

Carrie Griffith

Carole Morehead

Ethel Shook

Butch & Caroline Delhagen

Yvonne Johnson

Vivian McDonald


Wesley Berry

Harold Whitfield, Sr.

Loretta Harich

Walter Campbell

Eudora Heath

Alice Ennis

Joan and Tommy Pemberton

Bernie and Doyle

Boyd Wisdom

Jean Woomer

Betty Enos

Rachel Schnakenberg

Woody Everett

Jim Koch

Jill Heyes

Kelly and Scott Kinsey

Anna Rimmer 

Carl Blevins

Lucy Ruybal

Steve Fox

Alice Woodard

Rolanda Coghill



Serving in the Armed Forces


Alexander Long V         

Gordon Devine

John Wall V

David Locklerr

Daniel Vanpike

Jeffrey Woodard

Collin Stoddard

Jeremy Stoddard

Joseph George


 A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

January 1, 2012


Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, Jan 1, 2012 

ST. Peter’s Episcopal Church

Port Royal, VA


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