From King’s College to the hereafter

Unlike some others, particularly those with liturgical responsibilities, I plan to blog robustly today. Blog, wrap presents, blog, eat, blog, go to church, and blog. Tomorrow, not so much.

I’m listening to the service of lessons and carols live (is it really live? or recorded live?) from King’s College, Cambridge on the BBC World Service (on XM Radio.) This festival isn’t ancient, and, indeed, was founded there. Good to wrap presents by, and good to ramp up to Christmas.

I had forgotten a phrase in the opening prayer, and when heard it, was stopped short and began to weep, thinking of dead members of my family.

Lastly let us remember before God all those who rejoice with us, but upon another shore and in a greater light, that multitude which no man can number, whose hope was in the Word made flesh, and with whom, in this Lord Jesus, we for evermore are one.

You can download the 2005 order of service — something typographical for your congregation to aspire to — from this page. The prayer I mention is on page ten.

P.s. Did anyone else catch the cell phone ringing during the eigth lesson?

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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