Isanti County’s German immigrants — and, of course, the liturgical churches — knew that the Christmas season never really ends until the Three Kings arrived in Bethlehem on Epiphany Sunday, two weeks after Christmas Day. And they celebrated that special day.
Historic St. John’s Lutheran Church of Bradford still offers time-honored Epiphany Sunday programs replicating those which were presented way back in 1882 when the church first opened its doors.
Everyone is cordially is invited to close out the 2014 Christmas season in true German style on Sunday, Jan. 11., at either a 2 p.m. or 5 p.m. program.
The 2 p.m. program is a German Language Program (Lesungen und Weihnachtslieder). All the readings are presented in native German language, and the most familiar of German Christmas Carols are sung by the audience. Besides providing lots of memories, this can be an opportunity to brush up on your own German language skills, or just soak in the ambiance of the entire historic German Christmas tradition.
The 5 p.m. program is an English Language Program (Traditional Lessons and Carols). This is a Candlelight Lessons and Carols event — where all are invited to join in singing the most familiar old-time Christmas carols, and to share in the lighting of real candles on the real Christmas tree. This nostalgic program is freely based on the world-famous Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols offered each Christmas Season from King’s College in Cambridge, England.
Each program is followed by a sharing time featuring authentic German treats, beverages, and, of course, those real old-time ‘goodie bags,’ just like the ones many received after participating in the Church Christmas programs when we were much, much younger.
Historic St. John’s Lutheran Church of Bradford is located at 900 Co. Rd. 5 NW, just 2 1/2 miles west of Isanti on County Road 5 Northwest. This event is programmed and sponsored by the Friends of Historic St. John’s, Inc. — which is dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of this National Historic Register site.