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.” [pause] 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...