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Christmas Eve

monday 24 december — 5–7pm

You’re invited to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with our annual Lessons and Carols gathering on Christmas Eve. The service weaves together Bible readings on the prophesies and miraculous birth of Christ; and the singing of traditional Christian hymns and new carols to welcome in the Christmastide. We are delighted to share in this unique Christmas tradition with you and your family. All are welcome!

 
 

the venue

Greenwood Baptist Church
461 6th Street, Brooklyn 11215

Use the main Sanctuary door on the corner of 7th Avenue across from Barnes and Noble. You can take the F G trains to 7th Avenue, the R train to 9th Street, or the B67 B69 buses to 6th Street.

 

What to Expect

Please arrive at 5pm for festive caroling on the front steps of Greenwood Baptist, complete with a brass band. Then we will head into the sanctuary together for the Christmas Eve service, complete with uplifting music, congregational singing, readings and reflections from the Old and New Testaments, and the lighting of the Advent wreath.

We end the service with our candles lifted high to welcome the birth of the Messiah. Please join us as we continue the celebration with cider, hot chocolate, and cookies in the Chapel before heading out into the Christmas night.

Families are encouraged to attend the service together, but limited childcare (ages 0–4 only) is available if you register in advance.

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history of the service

For the past century, King’s College Cambridge has hosted an imaginative candlelit worship service on Christmas Eve called A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. This inspiring program is broadcast to millions of listeners around the world — from the icy foothills of Everest and the windswept Caribbean islands to the war-torn nations of the Middle East and the burgeoning refugee communities of Southern Europe.

The service weaves together Bible readings on the prophesies and miraculous birth of Christ; and the singing of traditional Christian hymns and new carols to welcome in the Christmastide. Eric Milner-White, the dean of King’s College who introduced the original service pointed out that the strength and rhythm of the service is derived primarily from the lessons and not the music: “The main theme is the development of the loving purposes of God... as seen through the windows and words of the Bible.”

Since 1918, the liturgy has been adopted and redesigned by churches on every continent, each rooted in a bidding to follow where the story leads. It is an invitation to hear again the message of hope from the believers of old; to see yourself in Mary’s shoes on a bleak midwinter’s night in Bethlehem; and to imagine the shepherds’ wide-eyed excitement and wonder at a sky full of the heavenly hosts singing praises to the Christ child, our newborn King. We are delighted to share in this unique Christmas tradition with you and your family.

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“Let us pray for the needs of his whole world; for peace and goodwill over all the earth; for unity and brotherhood within the Church he came to build.”

—Opening Prayer

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“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”

—Luke 2