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

christmas nines :: 2.46

it’s that time of year, when all our listeners are invited to join in and help us celebrate the birth of our Savior.

thanks to everyone who joined in with a reading or sharing their Christmas thoughts, reflections and wishes!

we hope you enjoy listening and are able to share it with your family and friends this holiday season.

we look forward to many more great stories and episodes to come in 2010!

contributors ::
miriam mathie
stewart cutler [twitter]stewartculter[/twitter]
greg russinger [twitter]gregrussinger[/twitter]
avril cutler [twitter]avrilcutler[/twitter]
paula spurr [twitter]cowpunkmom[/twitter]
rob griggs-taylor [twitter]robgt2[/twitter]
angus mathie
dayna mathie
chad crawford [twitter]chadcrawford[/twitter]
jim bonewald [twitter]jbonewald[/twitter]
mike rusch [twitter]mikerusch[/twitter]
chris allman [twitter]chrisballman[/twitter]
thomas mathie [twitter]headphonaught[/twitter]
pastor lance spurr
jonathan blundell [twitter]jdblundell[/twitter]
& of course YOU – the listener!

music ::
djsiah – trippin
argyle project – o come, o come, emmanuel
half handed cloud – plant a little fir tree
church of the beloved – given
sojourn – let justice roll (live)
so elated – come thou long expected jesus
william ryan fritch – may all mortal flesh be silenced
the singing company – it came upon a midnight clear
adeline – all the angels
jj heller – star of wonder – we three kings
tripp fuller – remembering
the singing company – o holy night
sufjan stevens – joy to the world