One of the mysteries of our faith is that God transcends space and time and connects us across barriers that otherwise divide. We are united in Jesus with Christians who gather in other places of worship – not just those down the street, but those across the world. We are united in Jesus with Christians who came before and those who will come after us. The carols we sing together Sunday have been sung by people on other continents in other centuries and by people who held us close on Christmas Eves long ago. As we sing those familiar carols, those we love, but who now sing their praises “upon another shore” may well come to heart and mind. Sing with them once more.
The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Bidding Prayer continues:
Lastly let us remember all those who rejoice with us,
but upon another shore and in a greater light,
that multitude which no one can number,
whose hope was in the Word made flesh,
and with whom, in this Lord Jesus, we for evermore are one.
We’ve been building to this all week – the Festival will start Sunday afternoon at 3:40 p.m. with an organ recital, followed by the Lessons and Carols portions of the service at 4 p.m. Before that, of course, we’ll have our morning worship services (9 and 11:15 a.m.). Join us for those, too, as we explore what John the Baptizer was up to in Luke 3:7-18. It will be a good time to praise God, reflecting on how to live the life of repentant followers of Jesus Christ.
See you Sunday.