Everyone is invited to the Edgewater Baptist Church Christmas Eve Service at 7PM. The “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” began a tradition at King’s College at Cambridge in 1918. Eric Milner-White, the newly appointed Dean, used his experience as an army chaplain to lead with more imaginative worship. I enjoy the traditional opening song “Once in Royal David’s City” as it speaks of the small town where the Christ-child would be born (Micah 5:2 quoted in Matthew 2:6).
Here is one stanza from the song:
He came down to earth from Heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,
And His cradle was a stall;
With the poor, and mean, and lowly,
Lived on earth our Savior holy.
More information on the King’s College tradition can be found here: http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/events/chapel-services/nine-lessons.html