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Until Justice and Peace Embrace

Join the Calvin University choirs for their annual Lessons and Carols service at LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church on Dec. 3 at either 3:00 PM or 6:00 PM, when the service will be repeated. Both services will be livestreamed.


Sunday, December 3, 2023


LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church
107 LaGrave Ave SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Livestream of the 3:00 pm (EST) service on Dec. 3, 2023 (watch on YouTube if you want to join the chat):

Livestream of the 6:00 pm EST service on Dec. 3, 2023 (watch on YouTube if you want to join the chat):

View the service outline.

In a world filled with violence, injustice, and despair, the Advent and Christmas gospel comes, wondrously, with two strands of promise: one that touches neighborhoods racked with violence, one that is as intimate as our own interior lives, so often hidden from everyone but God. Both strands of promise are conveyed in a single common word with breathtaking scope: “Peace.”

The biblical prophets announced the advent of the Prince of Peace, envisioning a kingdom where swords are converted into farming instruments, and inner turmoil is transformed into tranquility. Poignantly pairing words we often separate, their poetry depicts a shalom completely aligned with justice, righteousness, faithfulness, truth, grace, and love. In a fallen world, justice and peace, grace and truth, righteousness and love live in tension. In Jesus Christ, they seamlessly embrace.

In this year’s Lessons and Carols service, the Calvin University choirs will sing about both strands of God’s promise of peace. Join them at either 3:00 PM or 6:00 PM either in-person or online. Both services are free and open to the public.