Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day Coffeehouse


Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful) ~ Bing Crosby

The Prophecy of the Messiah: Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 & John 1:1-2, 4-5

Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

The people who walked in darkness   have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
   on them light has shined. 

For a child has been born for us, a son given to us;authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Rverlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 

His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom.
   He will establish and uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
   from this time onwards and for evermore.
The zeal of the 
Lord of hosts will do this. 

John 1:1-2, 4-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with  God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.

In him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

O Come Emmanuel ~ Enya 


The Birth of Jesus Announced to Mary and Joseph: Luke 1:26-38 & Matthew 1:18-25

Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.’ But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’ The angel said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.’ Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.

Matthew 1:18-25

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
   and they shall name him Emmanuel’,

which means, ‘God is with us.’ When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

 The Cherry Tree Carol ~ Chad Mitchell Trio

The Preparations for the Birth of Jesus: Luke 2:1-5

Luke 2:1-5

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Qui-rin-i-us was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.

O Little Town of Bethlehem ~ Nat King Cole

Jesus is Born: Luke 2:6-7

Luke 2:6-7

While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Away in a Manger ~ John Denver

Jesus' Birth is Announced to the Shepherds: Luke 2:9-14

Luke 2:9-14

Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, 

Glory to God in the highest heaven,
   and on earth peace among those whom God favors!

Hark! The Herald Angles Sing ~ Nat King Cole

The Shepherds Find Baby Jesus: Luke 2:15-18

Luke 2:15-18

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.

Silent Night ~ Bing Crosby

Benediction + Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy (Bing Crosby & David Bowie)


  1. What a work of love, Nick! Perfect. Beautiful. You have touched my heart.

    Thank you for your readings and for the music!

    May hope, peace, love, and joy be yours, also, my friend.

  2. Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!
    Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!

    I have tears of joy in my eyes!

  3. Still trying to get the videos working. (BTW, next version of my video is up.)

  4. Ah, now it's working. Nice clock chime, BTW. I love your voice!

  5. Fantastic! Merry Christmas Nick & Alex xxx

  6. This is a extraordinary way to begin Christmas Eve. Thank you, Saintly Nick!

    Merry Christmas to you and Alex!

  7. That was lovely Nick. Thank you for making my Christmas eve a nicer night.

    I hope you and Alex have a lovely day.

  8. So beautiful!

    Love and Joy come to you...

    Merry Christmas, Mr. Nick and Alex, too!

    Hugs and blessings,


  9. Lovely stuff and have a lovely few days, Nick. Merry Christmas.

  10. Thank you for giving that beautiful service via video. May your voice be used by God to touch many on this Holy Christmas Eve. Peace and love to the world and to you, Nick. I love your children's stole. Is that spelled correct? I think we really got a glimpse of S.S.N. through your closing video. Blessings my friend.

  11. Please forgive me for not mentioniong Alex too!

  12. Beautiful post Nick.

    May I take this opportunity to wish you and Alex a very Merry Christmas and may the New Year bring you better Health and Happines. xx

  13. This is wonderful, Saintly Nick. You have truly captured the wonder of Christmas.

    May you and Alex have wonderful Christmas holy days.

  14. Thank you so much For your wonderful Christmas Messages Nick. They invoked so many warm memories of my childhood which evolved very much around the local church, where I was a chorister.

    Happy Christmas my friend and every good wish for a peaceful and prosperous New year.


  15. A wonderful Christmas Service for Bloggers. You are truly a blessing, Nick. God Bless you, and thank you. Merry Christmas to you and yours, and to Alex!

  16. Merry Christmas, Saintly Nick and Dear Alex

  17. Thank you for the wonderful Christmas messages, Nick. I really enjoyed seeing and hearing you in the videos.

    May you and A;ex have a great Christmas!

  18. Love the movies, love the readings, love you voice, love the song, love the photos. And I love you and Alex for bringing so much love into my life through the years you have been blogging.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Saint Nick & Alex!

  19. Merry Christmas, Nick

    Blessings to you and yours!

  20. What a lot of trouble you've gone to, Nick. That was beautiful.

    A very Merry and Blessed Christmas to you and Alex. May 2009 bring you peace, happiness and good health.


  21. Thank you very much!

    Warm wishes I send you for a most Happy Christmas!

  22. The readings were wonderful! Praise Him for His WORD!!

    Merry Christmas Nick, to you and Alex. May this day be completely lovely!


  23. Made even more personal and heartfelt by you - what special treats will Alex receive this Christmas ?/Sandy Have a memory maker!!

  24. Thank you, SSN! After watching all of the videos I feel as if I have been to church for the first time in thirty years.

    It was a very nice experience.

    Merry Christmas and many thanks.

  25. May you and your family have a joyful and blessed Christmas, my dear friend.

  26. Thank you so much for sharing. I wish you and Alex a very Merry CHristmas!

  27. Merry Christmas, Pastor Nick.

  28. Thank you, Nick, for all of the work you put into this very special Christmas Coffee House.

    I pray that you and your family have had a great Christmas.


  29. Just wonderful to find so much scripture focussed on at this time of year.
    Thank you.