Lessons and Carols

I’m putting together the Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols service at Tiny Church. Most of the readings will be straightforward, but I’m working with a couple of readers on some choral readings of the scripture. I wrote these a few years ago…

THIRD LESSON Isaiah 11:1-9
Voice 1:         A shoot shall come out!
Voice 2:         A shoot!
Voice 3:         A shoot!
Voice 1:         A shoot shall come out!
Voice 2:         A shoot!…
Voice 3:         …shall come out!
Voice 1&2:         of the stump of Jesse!
Voice 3:         A branch shall grow out of his roots.
Voice 1:         The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,
Voice 2:         the spirit:
Voice 1:         of wisdom, understanding,
Voice 3:         of counsel, of might,
Voice 2:         of knowledge and fear of the Lord.
Voice 1:         His delight is in the fear of the Lord.
Voice 3:         He shall not judge by what the eyes see,
Voice 2:         or by what the ears hear; but with righteousness
Voice 1:         he shall judge the poor,
Voice 3:         the meek.
Voice 2:         The wolf shall live
Voice 3:         with the lamb.
Voice 1:         the leopard,
Voice 2:         the kid,
Voice 3:         the calf,
Voice 1:         the lion,
Voice 2:         the fatling,
Voice 3:         the cow,
Voice 1:         the bear,
Voice 2:         and the child,
Voice 3:         the child,
Voice 1:         the child shall lead them.
Voice 2:         They will not hurt,
Voice 3:         They will not destroy.
Voice 1:         And the earth will be full
Voice 2:         of the knowledge of God
Voice 3:         as waters cover the sea.

FOURTH LESSON BASED ON Luke 1:26-35, 38; Matthew 1:18-21 (DANA AND CHEVAL)

Voice 1:         Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way.
Voice 2:         An angel was sent…
Voice 1:         An angel was sent…
Voice 2:         to Mary,
Voice 1:         to Joseph,
Voice 2:         saying, “Greetings, favored one!”
Voice 1:         saying, “Joseph, son of David!”
Voices 1&2:         “Do not be afraid.”
Voice 2:         “The Lord is with you.”
Voice 1:         The angel appeared in a dream.
Voice 2:         But Mary was perplexed, and pondered the greeting.
Voice 1:         The angel spoke…
Voice 2:         “Mary, you have found favor with God.”
Voice 1:         “Joseph, Son of David!”
Voice 2:         “You will conceive and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.”
Voice 1:         “She will bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.”
Voice 2:         “He will be great, the Son of the Most High,”
Voice 1:         “He will save his people from their sins;”
Voice 2:         “and his kingdom will never end.”
Voice 1:         “Do not be afraid.”
Voice 2:         “Do not be afraid.”
Voice 1:         While they were engaged, Mary was found to be with child.
Voice 2:         Mary said, “How can this be?”…
Voice 1:         …While her husband planned to dismiss her quietly.
Voice 2:         The angel said: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you”
Voice 1:         “Joseph, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife,”
Voice 2:         “and the power of the Most High will overshadow you;”
Voice 1:         “the child is conceived from the Holy Spirit.”
Voice 2:         “the child will be holy; he will be called Son of God.”

Voice 2:         Then Mary said,
Voice 1:         Then Joseph awoke…
Voice 2:         “Here am I, the servant of the Lord…”
Voice 1:         And he took her for his wife,
Voice 2:         “let it be with me according to your word.”
Voice 1:         And she bore a son,
Voice 2:         and he named him—
Voice 1:         Jesus.
Voice 2:         Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way.

Image: The choir at King’s College, Cambridge, who put on a pretty respectable Lessons and Carols service


3 thoughts on “Lessons and Carols

  1. Susan Ariale says:

    I remember and love the Isaiah lesson. It is a Christmas memory I treasure.

  2. Andy Acton says:

    These are beautiful MaryAnn! Thank you for sharing.

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