One of things I love to do as Christmas approaches, is to wait until no one is home, crank up Handel's Messiah on my stereo, and read the Scripture texts as they unfold throughout the three parts of the oratorio. I can't sing worth a hoot and don't even try. I wouldn't (and didn't) make a very good charismatic. But Handel's Messiah just does me in . . . I keep thinking throughout that this is only a very faint foretaste of the heavenly choir!
You can listen to a great live performance of the Messiah here: Click here: Handel's 'Messiah' from Philadelphia : NPR Music
Here's a list of the Scripture texts from the 53 sections: Click here: Worship Map Lyrics:Handel's Messiah (text)