Advent and Christmas are both musically rich seasons. Many churches struggle each year, trying to decide the proper time to start singing Christmas carols versus Advent hymns. Do we lose the mystery of God’s current presence and the wonder at God’s return to us if we jump too early to Christmas carols? However, Christmas music is some of the most beautiful music we have. If we limit this music to just the twelve days of Christmas, it hardly seems fair.
—Max O. Vincent, Good News of Great Joy: Advent Reflections on the Songs of Luke (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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Then an angel of the Lord stood before [the shepherds], 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.”
—Luke 2:9-11 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
O come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord, Emmanuel. Amen.
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