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Epiphany 02 (Year C)

When Jesus turned water into wine at the wedding in Cana, He performed the first of the signs by which He revealed His glory. The signs pointed to the hour when He would be lifted up on the cross for the forgiveness of sins and the life of the world. The Word and Spirit of God allow disciples of Jesus to recognize the glory of His cross, and so they believe in Him. He adorns them with His own beautiful righteousness and delights in them “as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride.

Pastor Nettleton's message (mp3)

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Baptism of Our Lord (Year C)

The Baptism of our Lord is an “Epiphany” of the one true God in the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ. In divine mercy, He takes His place with sinners and takes their sin upon Himself. After John had baptized many people, Jesus came and also submitted Himself to a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. He had no sins of His own, but He took the sins of the world upon Himself.

Christ created you for His glory and has redeemed you with His blood, that you may be His own and live with Him in His Kingdom. As you are baptized with a baptism like His, so also are you united with Him in His death and resurrection, that you “might walk in newness of life.” When you pass through the waters of baptism, you are born into His promise: “I will be with you … and the flame shall not consume you.” For all who are baptized into Christ Jesus receive His anointing of the Holy Spirit and are named by His Father as beloved and well-pleasing sons and daughters.

Pastor Nettleton's message (mp3)

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Epiphany Sunday (Year ABC)

The Feast of the Epiphany centers on the visit of the Magi from the East. In that respect it is the “thirteenth day” of Christmas, yet it also marks the beginning of a new liturgical season. Where Christmas has focused on the Incarnation of our Lord—God becoming flesh—the Epiphany and its season emphasize the manifestation, or revelation, of God in the flesh of Jesus Christ.

The Lord Himself has entered our darkness. He is the sun who rises with the brightness of His true Light. He causes His word, the Gospel, to be proclaimed to all the people of the earth, Jew and Gentile.

As the Magi were guided by the promises of Holy Scripture to find and worship the Christ-Child with His mother, so He also calls disciples from all nations, through the preaching of His Word, to find and worship Him within His Church.

Pastor Nettleton's message (mp3)

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Service of Carols and Lessons

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College was first held on Christmas Eve 1918. From 1919 the service has always begun with the hymn “Once in Royal David’s City.” In almost every year the choice of carols has varied, and some new ones have been introduced by successive organists. The backbone of the service, the lessons and the prayers, has remained virtually unchanged.

The original service was, in fact, adapted from an Order drawn up by E. W. Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury, for use on Christmas Eve 1880. His son recalled: “My father arranged from ancient sources a little service for Christmas Eve—nine carols and nine tiny lessons.” Almost immediately other churches adapted the service for their own use. A wider frame began to grow when the service was first broadcast in 1928 and, with the exception of 1930, it has been broadcast annually, even during the Second World War, when the ancient glass (and also all heat) had been removed from the Chapel. It is estimated that there are millions of listeners worldwide. The service has become public property; from time to time the College receives copies of services held, for example, in the West Indies or the Far East, showing how widely the tradition has spread.

Wherever the service is heard and however it is adapted, whether the music is provided by choir or congregation, the pattern and strength of the service, as Dean Milner-White pointed out, derive from the lessons and not the music. “The main theme is the development of the loving purposes of God in Christ, seen through the windows and the words of the Bible.” The center of the service is still found by those who “go in heart and mind” and consent to follow where the great Christmas story leads.

The lessons and carols (mp3)

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Christmas Day

The child in the manger, born of the Virgin Mary, is the very Word of God, the only begotten Son of the Father, “whom He appointed the heir of all things, through whom also He created the world.”

As “all things were made through Him,” so are all things redeemed and made new in Him. In His body of flesh and blood we behold “the radiance of the glory of God” and “glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

He dwells among us in peace, that we might have life and light and salvation in Him. For by His Word of the Gospel, we are born again as the children of God, bearing His name and sharing His eternal life.

Pastor Nettleton's message (mp3)

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