This evening I attended my first carol service of 2010. It was put on by Durham CU. And it was a really great way to start off the season.
- It was in the cathedral – which is really, stunningly beautiful.
- There’s no university-run carol service – so it’s really, very popular.
- Rico Tice was speaking – and he did a really, great job.
The evening kicked off at 7.30, but people started queueing from 6. The CU techies had been in the cathedral setting up all afternoon, and had put up tv screens, so that people could sit in the side chapels and still see what was going on. Folk queued for a while, and then got marshalled into every available seat, until it was standing room only left.
The Durham University Choral Society led the carols, and sang a couple of pieces alone.
Some students read and prayed.
And Rico gave a talk entitled ‘Christmas Unwrapped’. Basically – Christmas isn’t about the ‘event’ of the birth of Jesus, but about the reason that he came.
“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
The tagline of the talk was this: if you don’t know that the message of Christmas is the best news that you can ever hear, then you’ve not understood what the message of Christmas is all about.
Good music. Beautiful setting. And such a thrilling opportunity to speak for Jesus.
Oh. And I got to go ‘backstage’ in the cathedral when we were setting up and saw Professor McGonagall’s classroom from HP 1. Coolness.
In summary: carol service number 1 may be tough to beat.