Sunday, December 07, 2008

Lessons One and Two and a Christmas Carol

Nine Lessons and Carols is a performance that was started in 1880 in Truro, England and has been sung and read every year since, somewhere. King's College Choir in Cambridge is famous for its performance each year.

Call to Worship

Once, in Royal David's City, stood a lowly cattle shed,

Where a mother laid her baby in a manger for His bed.

Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ, her little Child.

He came down to earth from heaven, who is God and Lord of all,

And His shelter was a stable and His cradle was a stall.

With the poor and mean and lowly, lived on earth our Savior holy.

Jesus is our childhood's pattern; day by day, like us, He grew.

He was little, weak and helpless; tears and smiles, like us, He knew.

And He feeleth for our sadness and He shareth in our gladness.

And our eyes, at last shall see Him through His own redeeming love;

For that Child so dear and gentle is our Lord in heaven above.

And He leads His children on to the place where He has gone.

Henry Gauntlett & Cecil Alexander (c) public domain

Lesson One

God tells sinful Adam that he has lost the life of Paradise and that his seed will bruise the serpent's head.

Text: Genesis 3:8-15; 17-19

Adam Lay YboundenAdam lay ybounden, bounden in a bond.

Four thousand winter thought he not too long.

And all was for an apple, an apple that he took,As cleckes finden writtein in their book.

Ne had the apple taken been, the apple taken been,

Ne had never our Savior, our Redeemer abeen.

Blessed be the time our freedom gained was,

Therefore, we moun singen, Deo gracias!

Words anon, 15th century

The music to this second song was written for the 15th century words by Boris Ord, 1957.

Lesson Two

God promises to faithful Abraham, that in his seed, shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.

Text: Genesis 22:15-18"And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven and said, "By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice."

I took out my hymnal this afternoon and played Christmas songs for The New Boy to keep him occupied. I think he has an ear for music. He sat quietly and played in his Pack-n-Play (fondly nicknamed The Prison Cell) and listened to me playing and singing.


ellen b. said...

Oh you are cracking me up with that "prison cell". So happy to hear he likes music!! Looking forward to "catching up" later this week...

Caroline said...

Thank you for helping me get in the Christmas spirit.

Anonymous said...

These words really struck me:

"And He feeleth for our sadness and He shareth in our gladness.
And our eyes, at last shall see Him through His own redeeming love"

I've been praying for you and family today. I'm sorry we couldn't come help today - I pray you had others. Take care and sleep peacefully tonight!

In Him, Laurie

Anonymous said...

What a lovely way to learn carols. :-) I think this must've happened to me as I can't ever remember sitting down to learn traditional ones at school for a nativity play. Most of us in the class were like that.

At times when you can't remember Bible quotes, the truth within hymns can come to mind reminding us of so many good promises. Good stuff. Thank you for printing out the words so I could read them rather than just sing them- they have a different impact that way. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I love that hymn, Once in Royal David's City.

Heather said...

what a clever way to occupy the little guy.

Elizabeth said...

This is indeed a very lovely service - a great part of my childhood -can recite the whole thing by heart.
A super service for children - in fact the one at the end of my children's story!!!
Glad you discovered it.

Islandsparrow said...

I was at our Cantata practise last night. I was struck by the beauty and truth of the names of Jesus: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Bethany said...

I used to love listening to my mother play the piano when I was very little! You're working on those brain cells developing! Thank you for sharing this music with us. We're about to go to Nathaniel's holiday concert at school... if only they'd sing something like this!!!