Historic St. John’s Lutheran Church of Bradford announces the return of its two ‘Old-Time’ Christmas programs on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
The earliest German immigrant settlers in Isanti County always celebrated Christmas Day, but of almost equal importance to them were the Epiphany Sunday events, marking the end of the traditional Christmas season.
Also known as ‘Three Kings’ Sunday’ – Epiphany recognizes the arrival of the Three Kings from the East, who had traveled a long distance in their efforts to find and worship the Christ Child.
To pay homage to that Christmas ending tradition, Historic St. John’s is offering two nostalgic programs on Epiphany Sunday, Jan. 12.
The early one, at 2 p.m., is a German language service called, Lesungen und Weihnachtslieder im Deutschem stil (Lessons and Carols in the German language).
The later one, at 5 p.m., is an English language service called, Candlelight Lessons and Carols. Both presentations are based on the now world–famous annual ‘Nine Lessons and Carols’ performances offered at the King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England.
There will be Scriptural readings foretelling the birth of Christ, as well as audience participation — joining in the singing of the best loved Christmas carols — which have stood the test of time, and remain favorites today.
Everyone is welcome. Honor your German ancestry, or refresh your memory of the German language, at 2 p.m. Or, participate in what has become known as the ‘Most Beautiful Service of the Year,’ Candlelight at 5 p.m.
Enjoy wonderful Christmas music provided by the church’s restored pump organ and accordion; bask in a ‘feast for the eyes;’ gas-light chandeliers, kerosene wall lamps, and a real Christmas tree, with its old-time candles (share in the lighting ceremony). And, for those of you who do remember, get one of those Christmas ‘goodie bags,’ just like you got when you were a kid after performing at the annual Christmas program as you leave.
The 5 p.m. program is especially captivating for families with younger children, though it seems like the adults are always leading the way singing the carols.
Historic St. John’s Lutheran Church of Bradford is located at 900 Co. Rd. 5 NW, just 2.5 miles west of Isanti on County Road 5 NW.