Christmas is more than an event. It’s a chapter in a story that began long ago and is not yet complete. Your life is part of the story, but it’s ultimately not your story. It’s God’s

We need to remember God’s big story. We need to remember how Christmas fits into his story and connects with our own. That’s the goal of our Christmas Eve service this year – seeing our place in God’s big story. It’s called A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols.

The basic format of the evening is almost 100 years old. In 1918, an English army chaplain by the name of Eric Milner-White was appointed Dean of King’s College. He believed the worship practices of the Church of England needed revision. So he planned a simple Christmas Eve service consisting of nine Scripture readings alternating with various Christmas carols. “The main theme,” Milner-White said, “is the development of the loving purposes of God…through the windows and words of the Bible.”

Beginning in Genesis and ending in the Gospel of John, the nine lessons tell the story of our fall into sin and God’s triumphant plan of redemption. Most the carols we’ll sing will be familiar to you. Some are very old. Some were written more recently. All of them enable us to express our gratitude for the salvation God freely offers us in Christ Jesus.

A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols begins at 5 o’clock and will last a little over an hour, ending in candlelight. Children of all ages are welcome to attend, though childcare will not be available.

Come find your place in His story.

Matthew grew up attending KingsWay and joined the pastoral staff in 2009. God has blessed him and his wife, Aliza, with three rambunctious boys. Matthew did his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond in chemistry and political science, spent a year at the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College, and received his Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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