Festival of Lessons & Carols 2017

Pacific Strings at St. James 2015

This year our Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols will be held on Sunday December 10th, 2017 at 7pm. This is a candlelit service which is great to invite friends and family to!

The Festival of Lessons and Carols is made up of the joyful singing of Christmas carols, short prayers, and readings. This service features music by string quartet Pacific Strings and our own Shelly Franklin.

A service bulletin is provided with the complete service including all the carols. 

Following the service we will be having Christmas cookies and cocoa in the Duncan Hall next to the Church. If you wish to (in “The Great British Baking Show” style), do bake and bring along your favorite Christmas cookies to share (however it isn't a competition!).

If this will be your first time at St James then you can find directions to the church here. Parking is available at Willow Glen Elementary school, just half a block away on the same side of the street.


We are glad to welcome back the very talented Pacific Strings who also played for the Festival last year.

Pacific Strings is comprised of four friends dedicated to sharing their love of great chamber music with people of all ages. Karen Lindblom and Mary Bormann founded the group in 2000, and DalRae Murray and Kjell Stenberg are the group's more recent additions. Members of the quartet have toured internationally, performing with orchestras in such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

Pacific Strings performs primarily up and down the Bay Area peninsula, but the group has traveled as far north as Napa and as far south as Half Moon Bay. In addition to playing at numerous weddings and private events, they have performed in corporate settings, at higher education institutions, and for religious services. Members of the quartet are committed to sharing their love of music with young children, as evidenced by their participation in student group recitals.