Christmas Eve Services at Riverside Church
The Riverside Church, an Interdenominational, International and Interracial Congregation
490 Riverside Drive (between 120th & 122nd Streets)
Wednesday, December 24
Worship Service for Children and Families 4:00 p.m.
Lesson and Carols Service 8:00 p.m.
For more information, call (212) 870-6784.
In celebration of Christmas and its significance to the Christian community, The Riverside Church will host its annual Christmas Eve Children and Families Service, and Lessons and Carols Service.
The Service of Lessons and Carols at Riverside follows the basic service of nine “lessons” (scripture readings), which are read in alternation with nine carols. This service originated in Anglican worship practices, but is slightly modified to be a little more “Riverside.” In many such services, the music is very traditional – i.e. Anglican cathedral music. The Riverside Church will incorporate some of this repertoire, but also include Spirituals, world music and choral music of other traditions.
Adam Lay yBouden – Boris Ord
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree – Elizabeth Poston
For Unto Us a Child is Born (Messiah) – G.F. Handel
O Little Town of Bethlehem – HYMN
Gabriel’s Message – Steph Paulus
Christmas Night – John Rutter
I Wonder as I Wander – arr. Steve Pilkington
Sister Mary Had-a but One Child – Roland Hayes
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – HYMN