Carol Service: 6 December 2021

Members were able to gather for our annual Carol Service with the Worshipful Company of Poulters, at St Peter-upon-Cornhill. The City Singers, led by the conductor Richard Mander, were wonderful. It was a delight to see our past Master, Rowland Hughes, singing among their ranks. The choir were accompanied on the organ by the Master Poulter James Cross.

The service was led by Revd William Taylor and was as follows:

Welcome and bidding prayer: Revd William Taylor

O come, O come, Emmanuel

First lesson: Isaiah 9: 2-7

read by Alderman Sir Charles Bowman, President of the Lime Street and Cornhill Ward Club

Choir: Come to Bethlehem (Arbeau)

Come, all ye faithful,

Second lesson: Matthew 1: 18-25, page 4

read by Mr Norman Chapman, Upper Warden of the Lime Street and Cornhill Ward Club

Choir: Nativity Carol (Rutter)

Little town of Bethlehem,

Third lesson: Matthew 2: 1-12, page 4

read by Mr Ivor Cook, Master of Lime Street and Cornhill Ward Club

Angels from the realms of glory,

Fourth lesson: John 1:1–18

read by Mr James Cross, Master of the Worshipful Company of Poulters

Address: Revd William Taylor

Choir: Away in a manger (arr. Mander)

Prayers: Revd William Taylor

Hark the herald angels sing

Blessing: Revd William Taylor

Following the service members gathered for wine and nibbles. This was a delight following many virtual events, and talking well into the evening as members mingled.