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Nov 2012

Christmas Eve at The 400


For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen! – Isaiah 9:6-7

On Monday, December 24th, Redemption Hill Church will be coming together to celebrate, sing, read, and respond to the good news of Immanuel, God with us. This service will be based on the Service of Lessons and Carols, which was first drawn up by E.W. Benson, later Bishop of Canterbury, for use in the Cathedral at Truro. It was later adapted from early sources as a Christmas Eve service and was first celebrated on Christmas Eve in 1880, and was later modified for use at King’s College in Cambridge, in 1918, by its then Dean, Reverend Eric Milner-White.

The service will consist of God’s revelation to us of God’s purpose (the lessons), followed immediately by our response to God’s word (the musical portions of the service, our offering of praise back to God). The first four lessons are passages from the Old Testament which look forward to the Day of the Lord; the day when God will finally establish God’s purpose, reject all that is contrary to it, and affirm whatever belongs to it. The fifth lesson which is taken from the Gospel of Luke directly assert that in Christ, the long-awaited day has come.

As you meditate on Jesus’ coming with your family this Advent season, we would invite you to celebrate with us on Christmas Eve as we look to Jesus. He is the way, the truth and the life. He is the death and resurrection. He is the beginning and end of all things. He is Heaven and earth reunited. He is the salvation that the prophets told us about from ancient times. He is the only way out of death. He is the only way that death can ever die. He is the Savior of the world, the one who takes away all the sins of the world, and all of that is offered to us.

Our Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols service will be Monday night, December 24th, at 6:00 p.m., at The 400. If you are planning on attending, please RSVP here and share the event with your friends, family, and neighbors. After the service, stick around for punch and yummy sweets in the parlor. No childcare will be provided, but that’s on purpose. This is a perfect service for families with children of all ages to sing and celebrate together.

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