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St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church invites islanders and island visitors to its Advent-season Lessons and Carols service, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the church’s sanctuary. The half-hour service, originating in England, marks the beginning of the church year. Opening with a beautiful, bidding prayer to all present, it includes intercessions for the needs of the community and the world. A prescribed sequence of scriptural lessons and familiar carols then follows.
Alan Kelmereit, Priest-in-Charge at St. Michael’s, said, “The service invites believers into the season of preparation for the birth of Christ. When people enter the church for the service, they leave behind the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, with its overly commercialized advertising and merchandising, to reflect on the true significance of our celebration of the Nativity.”
For the Lessons and Carols processional, the women of the Parish Choir sing a Korean carol, Savior of the Nations, Come, in the Korean language. The full complement of choristers will also sing As Lately We Watched, in an arrangement by Charles Black, Ding, Dong Merrily on High and The Holly and the Ivy. The last two are traditional English carols that underscore the Anglican tradition of music at St. Michael & All Angels Church.
Parishioner Michael Baldwin will play a ten-minute keyboard recital of Christmas Carols as a prelude to the 6 p.m. service.
The Service is followed by a Pot Luck supper in the Church’s Parish Hall. Diners share their favorite seasonal recipes at a buffet. Everyone is welcome. Bring your favorite dish to the dinner, and your dinnerware, if you can, or just bring yourself, enjoy the camaraderie and get better acquainted with your fellow Islanders.
For more information on seasonal activities at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, contact Alan Kelmereit, 2304 Periwinkle Way, 472 2173/saintmichaels-sanibel.org.