Kansas City's adaptation of Lessons and Carols (an Anglican Advent service broadcast every Christmas Eve since 1928 from Cambridge, England) makes its second annual appearance at St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church (3800 Troost, 816-419-5575). Local choral treasure Octarium sets out to restore the meaning of Christmas with a rapturous, liturgically faithful performance designed with community-building in mind. Taken from Cambridge Welcoming Ministries (a congregation of lesbian, gay, transgender and straight members), the program includes ancient and progressive readings, from the Aztec story of the Nativity to lines by modern Central American Christian poet Julia Esquivel. Ticket prices range from $10 to $15, with all proceeds going to Tulips for Troost. The service begins at 3 p.m.