2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Festival Service of Lessons and Carols. It is not surprising that this service coincides with the 100thanniversary of the end of World War I, “the war to end all wars.” The author of the traditional English service, Eric Milner-White, the Dean of King’s College, Cambridge, served as a chaplain in the British Army in the trenches of World War I. Having experienced the horrors of war, he wanted to comfort his fellow soldiers with a simple retelling of the prophecies of the Old Testament and the promise and hope of the Christmas gospel.
Harpist Andrea Stern, along with trumpeter Jonathan Brandt and the LOTI Church Choir will lead the congregation in a Festival Service of Lessons and Carols. This year’s worship service will feature carols and melodies from parts of the former British Empire including A Carol from an Irish Cabin, Suo Gan ~ A Welsh Lullaby, and a newly composed arrangement of a French Canadian carol by LOTI organist Kenneth Vigne, Twas in the Moon of Wintertime.
The worship service will be followed by the annual Christmas Tea and Cookie Sale.