Getting Ready for Christmas Eve
There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we're posting a short preview of this Sunday's gathering.
Our annual Lessons and Carols Service is at 5:30pm on Christmas Eve. We'll be meeting in the building of Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship (4229 Brownway Ave, 45209).
The service itself is patterned (loosely) on the Christmas Eve service held each year at the Kings College Chapel in Cambridge, England. I say "loosely" because their service is much longer (the program is something like 50 pages!). I promise you we'll be done in just over an hour!
Our service will be full of great Christmas carols interspersed with seven readings telling the story of Christmas. There will be a short meditation, and we'll close the service with the lighting of candles and singing "Silent Night."
We will not offer child care, but kids of all ages are welcome in the service. A nursery room will be open in the back if you'd like to use it for all or part of the service with your children.
Carols we'll sing include:
- Once in Royal David's City (listen to Sufjan Stevens' version below)
- O Come, O Come Emmanuel (listen)
- Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (listen below)
- O Little Town of Bethlehem (listen)
- What Child Is This? (listen)
- O Holy Night (listen below)
- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (listen below)
- Away in a Manger (listen - Christ the King Durham 2010 service)
- O Come All Ye Faithful (listen)
- Silent Night (listen)