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...