it’s time for our (almost-annual) christmas special! this year we’re bringing back “the nines” with readings from the sbpodcast crew and our listeners.
a little background from wikipedia:
The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a format for a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus that is traditionally followed at Christmas. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir music.
The format was based on an Order drawn up by Edward White Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury but at that time Bishop of Truro, in Cornwall, for use on Christmas Eve (24 December) 1880. Tradition says that he organized a 10 pm service on Christmas Eve in a temporary wooden shed serving as his cathedral and that a key purpose of the service was to keep men out of pubs on Christmas Eve.
The original liturgy has since been adapted and used by other churches all over the world. Lessons and Carols most often occur in Anglican churches, but also in some Roman Catholic, Lutheran parishes, and Presbyterian institutions. However numerous Christian churches have adopted this service, or a variation on this service, as part of their Christmas celebrations. In the UK, the service has become the standard format for schools’ Christmas carol services.
we hope you enjoy the readings, the music and have a wonderful time with friends and family remembering the birth of our savior.
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over the last couple weeks both Thomas and Jonathan have shared messages related to the advent season. as you listen, you’ll likely hear the influence of several of the previous guests on our show as well as Thomas hearing Brian McLaren speak in Glasgow earlier this month.
while we wanted to share these thoughts and messages with you, they felt somewhat out of place with our original Advent Christmas Extravaganza, so we’re making this audio available as a special advent bonus for you.
we also included some of the music from each of the services. take a listen if you can and we’d love to hear your feedback. call our listener line to comment on this show, or any of our other shows. thanks again and Merry Christmas!
headphonaught & olywn’s weans – away in the manager
olwyn mathie – heaven’s child
scott galloway – o holy night.
this week we hope you’ll enjoy a break from the norm (if there is such a thing). we’ve put together what we believe to be a steller collection of music and reflections from our listeners around the world. it is a true Advent Christmas Extravaganza.
thanks so much to everyone who participated in the process and submitted Scripture readings and reflections!
stewart cutler family
thomas mathie (for getting all the UK organized :-))
something beautiful peeps, we’re wanting to hear your thoughts, reflections, ideas on Advent and Christmas this year.
perhaps you’ve discovered a unique side of the Christmas story that you never realized, maybe you’ve been struck by a Christmas tradition, or perhaps you’d like to simply share a scripture or poetry reading, a message/sermon you gave somewhere, or even best wishes to friends and family members.
good or bad — whatever it might be, we’d love to hear it.
you can call and leave your thoughts on our listener line :: (972) 535-8980 or you can leave us a message on skype — for free from any computer around the world :: skype us.