With over 20 languages, the International carol service (held at Christchurch Woking) is a little glimpse of heaven. It is a wonderful mixture of cultures and people.
The format is a basic 9 lessons and carols, but with all the readings in different langauges.
Once again we had an inspiring variety:
The chinese langauage school singing 2 carols Pu shi haun teng (Joy to the World) and Tian shi zai gao tian ge chang (Angels we have heard on high) in Mandarin; a swiss family with a charming song about presents the shepherds bring ‘Schoeffli tuen em bringe’
Multilingual versions of 'silent night' and 'O Come all ye faithful' sung by the congregation and an Armenian couple singing Farsi and Amrenian prayer songs Ari, Hisus ara (Come Jesus come) Eshghi Tazeh (touch my heart, Lord with your love) and we all learned to sing in Ikserkiri ‘Tera’ (We are Yours Lord)
We also had Hammad Bailey and Voice for Jesus in Slough singing a version of 1 Cor 13 about Love in urdu, as well as 2 other Christmas songs.
The theme came from Playing for change's 'One Love' (currently over 3 million views) which seems to encapsulate that vision of people around the world joining in one song.
Nagaraj from Bangalore had sung in the first Carol service 4 years ago and sent a rendition via YouTube. Hattiraviru, O Yesu (Be near me, O Jesus) It captured the spirit of the event. Simple and sincere.