New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Good News of Great Joy

Advent Reflections on the Songs of Luke

Max O. Vincent • September 2021

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It's hard to imagine Advent or Christmas without music, and that goes beyond popular carols and handbells. Author Max Vincent invites readers to discover the music in the biblical story of Christmas. Four canticles ("little songs") precede, announce, and celebrate the birth of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. These canticles invite readers to pause and consider the deeper meaning of the events surrounding his birth.

In Good News of Great Joy, 24 daily readings explore the context, content, and spirituality of these canticles. Each of the four canticles has six daily readings. The daily readings include practices and questions to encourage further reflection on these little songs. In addition, the book provides a Leader's Guide for group study.

Luke's canticles were some of the earliest songs of the church and are still prayed daily in some Christian traditions. Vincent encourages readers to pause and notice God's comforting presence as they reflect on these joyous songs of Advent.

Categories: Advent, Bible Study, Devotional

Max O. Vincent is senior pastor of St. James United Methodist Church, Atlanta, GA. He is also the author of Because of This I Rejoice: Reading Philippians During Lent. Vincent is married to Kristen Vincent, and they have one son, Matthew. Max and Kristen Vincent coauthored Another Bead, Another Prayer: Devotions to Use with Protestant Prayer Beads.

ISBN: 9780835819701

Kindle ISBN: 9780835819718

EPub ISBN: 9780835819725

Imprint: Upper Room Books

Pub Date: September 2021

Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.5

Page Count: 128

BISAC Categories:

BISAC1: RELIGION / Holidays / Christmas & Advent