St. Bride's Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols
The annual service of Lessons and Carols was held at St Bride’s Anglican Church in Clarkson on the evening of Sunday, December 18th. Just over 200 people were in attendance as the congregation heard in word and song the story of the birth of Jesus.
The service began in darkness with the choir singing a song of hope and expectation, as God promises hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth to send the Messiah. Following the choir’s song, a young soloist from St Bride’s sang the opening verse of Once in Royal David’s City, and then the whole congregation joined in and sang the remainder of the hymn as the candlelight moved into the church, leading the choir procession.
The service of Lessons and Carols begins with the story of creation and humanity’s rejection of God. God speaks through various prophets and promises to step in and put things back to right. God’s promise is fulfilled in the coming of Jesus Christ. As the narrative of Scripture is told, various pieces of music accompany the message of the biblical story.
St Bride’s holds this service every year, and invites the whole community to join us for Lessons and Carols or for any service of worship throughout the year. The church is actively engaged in reaching out to the Clarkson/South Mississauga community, most notably through support of the Compass Foodbank and through support of a Syrian refugee family this past year. The doors of the church are always open through the week as a place to step aside from the fast pace of life and to be quiet and think and pray.