the christmas nines 2011 :: 4.40

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.

readings ::

genesis 3:8-19 – jonathan blundell
genesis 22:15–18 – tim jones
isaiah 9:2; 6–7 – laurie blundell
isaiah 11: 1–3a; 4a; 6–9 rob griggs-taylor
luke 1: 26-35; 38 – stewart cutler
luke 2: 1; 3–7 – travis mamone
luke 2: 8–16 – will taylor
matthew 2: 1–12 – thomas mathie
john 1: 1–14 – olwyn matthie

additional greetings ::

pastor nar
miriam mathie

music ::

john wickham – the holly and the ivy
the lower lights – in the bleak midwinter
the argyle project – jesus christ, the apple tree
so elated – redemption
stephanie gray – o come, o come emmanuel
shaun groves – kingdom coming
the lower lights – oh come all you faithful
will taylor – silent night
fields of ypress – heaven’s lullaby
the lower lights – little drummer boy
ben thomas – peace, here
tripp fuller – promise

Share your holiday memories

Christmas kids
Christmas kids

Want to be a part of our annual Advent Christmas Spectacular?

We’re looking for your Christmas wishes, thoughts, memories, reflections and more. Share them with us and we’ll include them in our upcoming Advent Christmas Spectacular.

To share your thoughts, you can:

And just for fun, what’s your must listen to Christmas song/album? Share it in the comments below.

Thanks for listening and sharing your stories with us!

goosebumps & justice (advent reflections) :: 2.45


this week we get our wives involved in our advent reflections :: goosebumps & justice.

we hope you take the time to listen but even more — reflect in silence — the birth of the King of Light, Justice, Peace, Word and Love.

what does it mean to you this year? what do you think it met to the people of Israel roughly 2,000 years ago? how will it affect you tomorrow?

related ::
laurie’s blog
laurie on twitter
olwyn on facebook
avril’s blog
avril on twitter
download the script

music ::
so elated – zechariah and the least expected places

adeline – the peasant king
so elated – come thou long expected jesus
sojourn – let justice roll (live)
shawn mcdonald – hallelujah

What’s your Christmas wish?

If you had 3 Christmas wishes this year – what would they be?

Share them in the comments below, or call our listener line to share them on our upcoming Advent/Christmas episodes.

And if you need some help getting into the holiday spirit, enjoy these holiday episodes from last year:

Greg Holder talks about Advent Conspiracy
Advent Reflections
Advent Christmas Extravaganza
Advent Bonus episode

Advent thoughts and wishes

Want to be a part of our annual Advent spectacular?

We’re looking for your Christmas wishes, thoughts, reflections and more. Share them with us and we’ll include them in our upcoming Advent episodes.

To share your thoughts, you can:

And just for fun, what’s your must listen to Christmas song/album? Share it in the comments below.

Thanks for listening and sharing your stories with us!

#justicefriday :: Slave free Christmas

Light a candle

Already seeing Christmas/Advent decorations and sales at your local stores? Wanting to make a difference this year and ensure your purchases are slave free?

Be sure and check out NightLight’s and NotForSale’s online stores for products made by (and supporting) former slaves.

Both groups have some great jewelry and products for men, women and children.

Some info on NightLight:

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2

NightLight is an international organization committed to addressing the complex issues surrounding trafficking and prostitution by catalyzing individual and community transformation. NightLight’s vision is to offer intervention to sexually exploited women and children, to enable them to discover their dignity, and to provide a program of holistic transformation, empowering them to live and work in their community.

NightLight’s mission is to build relationships and provide hope, intervention, rescue and assistance to women and children exploited in the sex industry by offering alternative employment, vocational opportunities, life-skills training and physical, emotional and spiritual development to women seeking freedom. NightLight builds support networks internationally to intervene and assist women, men and children whose lives are negatively impacted by the sex industry.

In Bangkok, Nightlight operates as a business (NightLight Design, Co. Ltd) and a non-profit (NightLight Foundation). In the United States, NightLight operates as a 501c3 with branches in Los Angeles and Atlanta.

Visit the NightLight store.

Visit the Not For Sale Campaign store.

UPDATE: Julie Clawson has a number of additional resources shared on her blog

advent bonus :: 1.29b

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!

music ::
headphonaught & olywn’s weans – away in the manager
olwyn mathie – heaven’s child
scott galloway – o holy night.

Advent Christmas Extravaganza :: 1.29

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!

contributors ::
johnny laird
alex (aldakila)
rob gt
trucker frank
agnus mathie
stewart cutler family
lindsay cofield
inspire youth
laurie blundell
chad crawford
jay thomas
jonathan blundell
thomas mathie (for getting all the UK organized :-))

music ::
djsiah – trippin
tripp fuller – promise
djsiah – mindspace
sojourn – amen, amen
williamson – cool people make me tired
john wickham – what child is this
sojourn – what child is this
brioskj – dawn of a wonderful day
spiritualized – step into the breeze instrumental (alt.mix)
so elated – stick with you
the singing company – o holy night
john wickham – do you hear what i hear
violet burning – o come let us adore him
so elated – shepherds and angels
brioskj – french kiss
church of the beloved – given
revolution void – weekend amnesia
shawn mcdonald – captivated

hope i’m not forgetting anyone! thanks again and hope you all enjoy!

share your holy day stories

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.

or if you prefer, you can send an mp3 audio file via e-mail ::

we’ll share these thoughts, reflections and such over the next week or so on our weekly podcast. so be sure to share your thoughts and then tell your friends to listen in to the podcast.


advent reflections :: 1.27

this week stewart cutler and thomas chat over coffee about advent and what it means to followers of The Way today.

listen in on their conversation and then share your thoughts on the something beautiful listener line :: (972) 535-8980.

related ::
stewart cutler’s blog
ssl :: story of pastor spreading sh*t all over his church
roddy hamilton’s site

music ::
the singing company – joy to the world
john wickham – go tell it on the mountain
so elated – shepherds and angels