This Sunday we’ll be using the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols found in the United Methodist Book of Worship. This is a service that tells “the tale of the loving purposes of God from the first days of our sin until the glorious redemption brought us by this holy Child.” It does so through the use of nine scripture lessons and nine carols. We’ll start off with the Hymn Joy to the World and then launch into the service proper. One “carol” will be a special number, When Christmas Comes to Me by Jared Dobbins, Becky Dobbins, Janice Walker, and Travis Walker. The other carols are: Hark the Herald Angels Sing, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, O Little Town of Bethlehem, The Friendly Beasts, Away in a Manger, The First Noel, Good Christian Friends Rejoice, and Silent Night.