Christmas Services


Lessons & Carols | December 16 @ 4:00 PM

This beautiful service, formally called A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols, celebrates its 100th anniversary of being broadcast around the world from King’s College and it’s 10th anniversary at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Saginaw.

What is Lessons & Carols? It’s an imaginative service that pairs nine lessons from scripture with coordinating music to tell the Christmas story from prophecy to nativity.

This year, you’ll hear the world premiere of The Angel Gabriel, composed by Carol Muehlig. This special anthem was commissioned especially for the service at St. John’s. Other music will include anthems by Holst, Thiman, Wilberg, and Walford-Davies.

We’ll also welcome the Rt. Rev. Cathrine Waynick, Provisional Bishop of Eastern Michigan!

About Lessons & Carols

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was first held on Christmas Eve 1918 at King’s College in Cambridge, England. It was planned to provide a more imaginative worship service during the Advent season. Sometime in the early 1930′s, the BBC began broadcasting the service on the World Service.  It is estimated that millions of listeners tune in every year.

At St. John’s, we continue the tradition.  Nine lessons are read beginning with the creation story and ending with the birth of Jesus. Each lesson is paired with special choir anthems, carols, or hymns that enhance the readings.  Interesting, reflective and joyful, it’s a great opportunity to share the Advent season with our neighbors.  Guests participating will include community and church leaders.  Music will be led by our Director of Music and Organist, Kevin Simons and the Choir of St. John’s.


Christmas Eve

Holy Eucharist | Family Service @ 4:00 PM

Our family service falls earlier in the evening making it ideal for families with young children.

Choral Eucharist | 11:00 PM

This festive Choral Eucharist is filled with the tradition and music that connects us to our Savior in worship. The choir of St. John’s will perform a musical prelude beginning at 10:30 PM.

Christmas Day

Holy Eucharist | 10:30 AM

Celebrate the birth of our savior Christmas morning with scripture, hymns, and holy communion.