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W. David O. Taylor on Scholars and Songwriters
Scholars and songwriters don’t normally talk together. But wonderful music for Christian worship can result when they share insights.
Conversation | March 01, 2019
Reconciling All Things 2018
A service of lessons and carols that invites people to approach Advent and Christmas with songs that sing about both forgiveness and justice, healing and correction, personal serenity and cultural reconciliation, human flourishing and the flourishing of all creation.
Worship Service | November 20, 2018
Four Types of Advent and Christmas Eve Services: Which Have You Tried?
Experimenting with a different Advent or Christmas Eve worship format may help worshipers connect with the joy and wonder of Christ’s birth. Blue Christmas, Christmas pageants, Las Posadas, or lessons and carols make room for emotions, movement, culture, and people’s gifts.
Feature Story | November 15, 2018
Renewed: Mary’s Song (Our King of Peace)
Wendell Kimbrough’s setting of Mary’s Song captures the wonder, fear, and obedience of Mary’s response to Gabriel’s message. The song is a perfect fit for Advent, Christmas, and Lessons and Carols services.
Video | December 06, 2017
Born to Die, Born to Rise 2017
This service of Lessons and Carols from 2017 celebrates Christmas by proclaiming the Easter Gospel: "Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!"
Worship Service | December 01, 2017
Sun of Righteousness
A visual symbol that can be placed on the cover of service bulletins, within the written liturgy, or on a large screen display.
Image | March 23, 2017
Angels, from the Realms of Glory
The service of Lessons and Carols from 2016 highlights the importance of angels in the drama of the Christmas gospel, startling us to focus our awareness on how the angels enlarge our perception of the beauty and glory of the triune God through their nearness and through their mysterious, wonder-filled transcendence.
Worship Service | December 02, 2016
Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus: Advent Longing for Jesus' Second Coming
This service of Lessons and Carols from 2015 eagerly anticipates Christ's second coming with Christ-centered hope.
Worship Service | November 23, 2015
Advent Resource Guide
This is a guide to Advent and Christmas worship planning resources from our website and our ministry partners' websites.
Resource Guide | November 01, 2015
Celebrating Christmas in Pakistan
The month of December brings joyful tidings across the world as more than two billion people anticipate celebrating the birth of Christ on December 25 although the Orthodox churches celebrate 12 days later.
Article | December 10, 2014
A Pentecostal Christmas
This service of Lessons and Carols from 2014 highlights the presence of the Holy Spirit in the Christmas narrative.
Worship Service | December 02, 2014
Isaiah's Vision of a Peaceable Kingdom
This service of Lessons and Carols from 2013 journeys through the book of Isaiah sequentially, with readings and music drawn from ten different chapters.
Worship Service | October 14, 2014
Jesus, a Light for the Nations
This service of Lessons and Carols from 2012 witnesses to a great outburst of Advent and Christmas music from around the world.
Worship Service | October 13, 2014
Evangelists and Canticles
This service of Lessons and Carols from 2011 invites you to hear the Scripture passages from four evangelists, surrounded by four canticles.
Worship Service | October 12, 2014
Magnify the Lord
This service of Lessons and Carols from 2010 invites you to join with Mary in singing her song of praise to the Mighty One, and in working in fear and trembling for the full coming of the kingdom of Christ, even as we patiently await his return.
Worship Service | October 12, 2014
Peace Surpassing Understanding
This service of Lessons and Carols from 2009, through the movement of scripture and prayer, melodies and rhythms, images and metaphors, may God's Spirit open our hearts to the breadth and power of the peace that surpasses understanding.
Worship Service | October 11, 2014
This service of Lessons and Carols from 2008 is an extended meditation on the incomprehensible incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Worship Service | October 10, 2014
Born to Die, Born to Rise
This service of Lessons and Carols from 2007 celebrates Christmas by proclaiming the Easter Gospel: "Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!"
Worship Service | October 09, 2014
On Earth as in Heaven
This service of Lessons and Carols from 2005 is structured by the Lord's Prayer, in light of the mystery of the incarnation.
Worship Service | October 08, 2014