Christmas is a day to celebrate the fact that what once was hidden is now revealed. That isn’t the case just because presents that were once wrappedhave been opened. It’s because the baby born in Bethlehem is the Word make flesh. God’s Son reveals for all to see what our God is like. Today we celebrate his love and his salvation, both of which are clear seen in the Christchild.
Our worship service this today is an adaptation of “The Festival of Lessons and Carols” service traditionally held at King's College, Cambridge, England on December 24th. The Festival was first held on Christmas Eve, 1918. It was planned by Eric Milner-White, who at the age of thirty-four had just been appointed Dean of King’s after experience as an army chaplain. A revision of the Order of Service was made in 1919, involving rearrangement of the lessons. In almost every year some carols have been changed and some new ones introduced by successive Organists. However, the backbone of the service, the lessons and the prayers, has remained virtually unchanged for nearly 100 years.