Historic St. John’s Lutheran of Bradford offers Christmas season ending programs

All are cordially invited celebrate the ending of the Christmas Holiday season in the same way as the German immigrants to Minnesota did almost 130 years ago.

Two programs will be presented on Epiphany Sunday, Jan. 8, at the Historic St. John’s Lutheran Church of Bradford, 900 Co. Rd. 5 NW, just 2 1/2 miles west of Isanti.

The program at 2 p.m. is entitled: Lessons and Carols in the German Style (Lesungen und Weinachtslieder – im Deutschenstil). This is a traditional German Language service based on the ninelessons and carols format—but using the German language (with English sub-titles), and with traditional German Christmas carols, in a format recreating the ambiance as it would have been back in 1882, when the Historic Church was built.

The program at 4 p.m. is entitled: A Most Beautiful Candlelight Service. This is again a nine lessons and carols program and presented in modern English—with the Christmas carols you know and love—favorites from years gone by. Revel in the enchantment created as the setting sun slowly disappears in the windows, only to be supplanted by the shimmering lights in the interior—created by kerosene wall lamps, hanging gas chandelier lamps, and the flickering light from real candles on the real Christmas tree.

Each program will be concluded with the giving of a traditional Christmas program goodie bag to each attendee (just like the one you got after the church program when you were young), and a gala reception featuring traditional German treats: Christstollen (German Christmas cake), several kinds of Lebkuchen (gingerbread style German cookies), Spekulatius (German spice cookies), and hot apple cider and coffee.

Historic St. John’s is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been restored to it’s original condition by the Friends of Historic St. John’s, which sponsors and programs these unique events.

A suggested $5 per adult contribution will offset presentation costs, and further assist in continuing the on–going renovation/restoration efforts. Come and share in a delightful event.

Learn more about Historic St. John’s Lutheran Church of Bradford at www.facebook.com/HistoricStJohns.