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Lessons & Carols

My Heart Shall Sing

Stewart Memorial Chapel, SFTS Campus

Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7, 2013


The 39th annual Service of Lessons & Carols will be held Dec. 6th & 7th at San Francisco Theological Seminary's Stewart Memorial Chapel. The services start at 7 p.m. each evening and will be followed by a reception on adjacent Geneva Terrace.

This year’s theme is “My Heart Shall Sing” which comes from the hymn, My Soul Cries Out with a Joyful Shout, which is featured in the new Presbyterian Hymnal. The hymn is based on Mary’s Magnificat, which can found in the Gospel of Luke 1:46-55.

People from throughout Marin County join SFTS students, staff, alumni and friends, to begin the Advent season with song and reflection. The service attracts people from a broad spectrum of religious persuasions, making it one of the most popular campus events all year.

“The Lessons & Carols service is one of the highlights of the academic year,” said Rev. Scott Clark, chaplain and associate dean of students at SFTS. “The SFTS Seminary Singers lead worship with amazing music, and we invite folks from across the community to serve as readers, as we tell the Advent story. Stewart Chapel is decorated for the season and there’s a great reception with cookies and cider afterwards.”

The Lessons & Carols service observes Advent's time of preparation and the coming of the Christ Child. Started in 1975 by SFTS Professors David Esler and Wil Russell, Lessons & Carols follows the pattern and liturgy of the Advent festival as presented in King's College Chapel at Cambridge University in England.

This year, the conductor for the Lessons & Carols choir is Daniel Canosa, music director at First Presbyterian Church San Anselmo.

Among the new and favorite hymns that will be sung during this year’s Lessons & Carols are O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Angels We Have Heard on High and Oh Little Town of Bethlehem. This event is free and open to the public.


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