December 07 2018,  Lynnfield

St. Paul’s Episcopal offers “Darkness to Light” – an Advent Lessons & Carols Service

The Choir of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, which is under the leadership of Music Director Sam Nelson.


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (127 Summer St., Lynnfield) will host a community Advent Lessons & Carols Service, “Darkness to Light,” on Sunday, December 16 at 5 p.m. The “Darkness to Light” service, modeled after one developed and used at the great English Cathedral in Salisbury, England, and at St. James Cathedral in Chicago, aims to recapture the longing and hope of Advent. The service begins in darkness and, as the service enfolds, the church is transformed from darkness to light. The service is structured around the hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” which provides a rich source of devotional imagery in Advent. The readings and music help reflect on the theme of the coming of Christ into the world.

Music selections for this service are drawn from several composers, notably Boston-area musicians Carson Cooman and Stuart Forster. Other composers include Simon Andrews, Arlen Clarke, Thomas Clarke, Graham J. Ellis, Robert Lehman, Palestrina, Richard Shepherd, Louis Lierne and Philip M. Young. Choral pieces will be sung by St. Paul’s Choir, which is led by St. Paul’s Music Director and Organist, Samuel Nelson.

A freewill offering will go toward the Rector’s Discretionary Fund, which helps families in need.

The parish of St. Paul’s was founded in Lynnfield in 1917. It is a growing and multigenerational parish of the Episcopal Church that works to deepen the spiritual and social life of our community through diverse outreach activities in Lynnfield and surrounding communities. For more information about services and ministries at St. Paul’s, visit

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