Joy to the World - Christmas at St Luke's

Christmas 2014 at St Luke's was a busy and joyful time as we celebrated the birth of our Saviour as a baby boy in the most un-promising of circumstances.

St Luke's Carol Singers at York Railway Station on Christmas EveSt Luke's Carol Singers at York Railway Station     
on Christmas Eve     

Helen Warry conducts St Luke's Choir in a warm-up for the 21st December Carol ServiceHelen Warry conducts St Luke's Choir     
in a warm-up for the 21st December Carol Service 




On the last Sunday of a thoughtful Advent, the Revd Dr Andy Village invited us to think of the newly-born Jesus not just as God and Saviour but also as a great survivor through a very troubled birth and early life, and to make this part of the Good News we promise to spread in our deeply troubled world today.

Our traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols on the evening of Sunday 21st December was the first of a series of prayerful celebrations of this greatest gift of all. Many weeks of work by St Luke's musicians and singers go into this occasion and for many visitors it's their first opportunity to hear and to sing some of the familiar or less-familiar music that plays its part in the unique atmosphere of Christmas.

Yet more work came to the fore as St Luke's young people performed their musical nativity play, 'Bethlehem's Busy Night' on the evening of Monday 22nd, and many of them were back again on the evening of Christmas Eve for our Crib Service with Christingles, graced by the annual appearance of St Luke's Orchestra (with a particiularly strong wind section this year) and a magnificent range of Christingles provided and built by the Bayliss family.

The Word became flesh and lived among us

Midnight Mass saw the beginning of Christmas proper, followed by a happy and well-attended family service on Christmas morning at which we learned that the message, "The Word became flesh and lived among us" was a lot more powerful than any number of Christmas cracker jokes... of which a good number remained on the floor!

One more service

But there was to be one more particularly special service this Christmas...





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