First United Presbyterian Church

Lessons and Carols

A SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS—Sunday, December 13, 2020 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. (livestream)

This Sunday we will have a Service of Lessons and Carols.

Our featured guest musicians for the 11:00 livestream worship service will be the Intermezzi String Quartet. All are members of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas.

The first performance of Lessons and Carols was in 1880 in a wooden shed. The most famous Festival of Lessons and Carols was first held on Christmas Eve in 1918 at King’s College, Cambridge. They have held this service every year since.

Watch a video about  Lessons and Carols.

The pattern and strength of the service comes from the scripture lessons. The main theme is the development of the loving purposes of God as seen through the windows and words of the Bible.

We will feature these pieces:

  • A handbell introit of the beloved carol “Angels We Have Heard on High” played by Katie, Emily, Haley, and Cole Jackson
  • An Air from Händel’s Messiah entitled, “The People that Walked in Darkness” sung by Dennis Brewer and featuring the Intermezzi String Quartet
  • A piano solo played by Claire Brandon: “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
  • Two beautiful baroque pipe organ voluntaries played by Dr. Carol Nave
  • An arrangement of “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” for piano and string quartet arranged by our own Director of Music Ministries, Isaac Thomas

The 8:30 service will feature most of the same music without the string quartet.

Please join us — and invite your friends to enjoy this powerful service live-streamed on YouTube.

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