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The Springwater Bicentennial Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Festival program is shown below.

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Springwater United Methodist Church

Sunday, 18 December 2016, at 5 p.m.

Submitted by Herb Tinney

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will be presented in the United Methodist Church in Springwater, and the entire community (and visitors) are cordially invited to attend.

The service, which is non-denominational, will trace the Coming of Christ in both Old and New Testament readings, with traditional Christmas hymns and carols sung by the entire gathering of the people. The lessons, and the opening and closing prayers, will be read by clergy and laypersons from the entire Springwater community. Silent pageant displays (creche scenes, shepherds, wise men, etc.) by both adults and children will accompany the readings.

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, now celebrated during the Christmas season in Christian churches of many denominations in countries all over the world where Christianity exists, had its humble beginnings in the late 1800s in the homes of “gentlemen of the choir” of what is now the Anglican cathedral of Truro, in England. The cathedral, then only a wooden shed (the present cathedral at Truro had yet to be built), had begun a choir of men and boys, and a social tradition developed that on Christmas Eve: each year men of the choir gathered in one of their homes earlier in the evening, before the Christmas Eve Mass, and sang favorite Christmas carols and hymns. As that tradition grew, so grew the number of family members and friends who joined in the carol-sings. That tradition was then moved to the cathedral itself (small as it was), and became a traditional prelude to the midnight Christmas Mass.

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, as it became known, has spread throughout the cathedrals and parish churches of England and beyond, both in the worldwide Anglican Communion, and in other denominations, with surprisingly little basic variation. The main theme of the nine lessons, from both the Old and New Testaments, is “...the development of the loving purposes of God, seen through the windows and words of the Bible. The pattern and strength of the service derive from the lessons, and not the music.” (The Reverend Eric Milner-White, 1884- 1963, WW-I soldier and, later, Dean of York Minster).

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols - Program





Bidding Prayer

Pastor Matthew Finch



Pastor Dorothy Hotchkiss


Lesson 2

Joyce Gifford


Lesson 3

Pastor Cheryl Parker


Lesson 4

Sue Walker


Lesson 5

Judy Tripp-Neu


Lesson 6

Joice Kelley-Biek


Lesson 7

Nick Lincoln


Lesson 8

Christi Sanders


Lesson 9

Pastor Nathaniel Ferguson


The Office

Pastor Rob Parker








Lena Storrs


Silent Night

Carl Brehm & Cheryl Brehm Parker



Ralph Hamilton


Organist & Pianist

John Coley







Scene 1
Adam & Eve

Ian & Haylee Hall


Scene 2
Abraham, Young Isaac & Angel

Tim Stoddard, Jake Mastin & Juanita Lieders


Scene 3

Colin Blackwood


Scene 4

Colin Blackwood


Scene 5
Angel & Mary

Juanita Lieders & Alana Wyatt


Scene 6
Joseph & Mary

Jake Mastin & Alana Wyatt


Scene 7
Shepherds & Angels

Tim Stoddard, Ian Hall, Regan Ferguson, Erika & Riley Nadeau


Scene 8
Mary, Joseph & Three Kings

Alana Wyatt, Jake Mastin, Tim Stoddard, Colin Blackwood & Ian Hall


Scene 9
Angel & Holy Family

Stacey Russell-Stevens, Jake Mastin & Alana Wyatt








Terri White



Havilah Toland



Catherine Tripp