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.

Light from Afar

An Advent Devotional from Around the World

Daily Song Selections

The song selections below are intended to accompany you on the Advent journey as you read Light from Afar: An Advent Devotional from Around the World. Each day’s meditation has an accompanying music video selected by the week’s featured writer. As you read and listen each day, allow yourself time to enjoy music you may not recognize and notice how it affects you and draws you closer to God. Be open to what you may learn from another culture.

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First Week of Advent: Light from Brazil

Day One: Bearers of Light

“Momento Novo” by Viva Vida & Gente da Casa


Day Two: Advent in Brazil

“Xote da Vitória” by Viva Vida & Gente da Casa


Day Three: Collective, Active Hope

“Louvor” by Viva Vida & Gente da Casa


Day Four: Gathered in Arms of Love

“Coração de um povo” by Viva Vida & Gente da Casa


Day Five: Peace and Justice for the Earth

“Pequenos” by Viva Vida & Gente da Casa


Day Six: God’s Love for the Whole Earth

“Na visão dos novos profetas” by Viva Vida & Gente da Casa


Day Seven: Awake and Ready for Advent

“Mesmo porque…” by Viva Vida & Gente da Casa

Second Week of Advent: Light from the Philippines

Day One: Advent and Christmas in the Philippines

“Ang Puso Ko’y Nagpupuri” (“My Heart Praises the Lord”) by Bukas Palad Ministry


Day Two: Radical Good News

Humayo’t’ Ihayag” (“Go Forth and Reveal”) by Bukas Palad Music Ministry


Day Three: Signs of Hope

“Dakilang Katapatan” (“Great Loyalty”) by Papuri Singers


Day Four: John’s Subversive Baptism

“Be Not Afraid – Himig Heswita” sung by Oggie Benipayo


Day Five: Love Drives Out Darkness

“Halina, Emmanuel” (Come, Emmanuel)


Day Six: Good News to the Poor

“Misyon” by Gary Granada


Day Seven: Seeing Christ in the Other


Third Week of Advent: Light from Ukraine

Day One: Advent and Christmas in Ukraine

“Carol of the Bells” by Eileen, Composer: Shchedryk (by Sharovaari)


Day Two: God of the Oppressed

“Don’t Cry, Rachel”  Composer: (M. Skoryk)


Day Three: Strengthen Your Hearts

“Three Kings” by Menestreli Vocal Group


Day Four: The Unvarnished Truth

“Oh, Come” by Room for More with the Chamber Orchestra “Tarnopil”


Day Five: Checklists and Prayers

“Silent Night”  by Alter Radio


Day Six: Where the Hurt Is

“The Savior Was Born to Us” by Room for More


Day Seven: Patience in the Waiting

“What a Miracle” by Trioda Band

Fourth Week of Advent: Light from South Africa

Day One: The African Celebration of Advent

“Ndikhokhele Bawo (Lead Me)” by Wits Choir


Day Two: The Power of the Powerless

“An African Christmas” by Drakensberg Boys Choir


Day Three: Song of Victory

“African Christmas – The Sun Shines Down”


Day Four: Woman-to-Woman Affirmation

“Tshedza Tshanga (My Light)” by Maduvha


Day Five: The Great Escape

“Tshepa Thapelo (Trust in Prayer)” by Soweto Gospel Choir


Day Six: The Prince of Peace

“Christmas in Cape Town” by New Apostolic Young People’s Choir


Day Seven: The Ever-Present God

“Emmanuel” by Solly Mahlangu