I want to thank you all for sharing these past thirty-nine days and for sharing these devotionals with friends. Our prayer as always is that we are drawn closer and deeper in our encounters with the Lord through his word. More than simply reading a passage, may we develop a daily pattern of hearing the voice of the Lord as we read. I trust the music and prayers have likewise encouraged and edified you. Blessings on you all and thank you for your kind words of encouragement.
I also want to thank you for subscribing this year. I want to mention something to you if the Lord so moves you. Doing these devotionals is not without actual cost―e.g. getting the material into the proper format and year-round monthly rentals to the email host. I checked into setting up a 501c (3) and found it wasn’t feasible for writing these devotionals. If you would like to help with expenses, you can make a donation which is not tax deductible. The subscriptions are always and always will be completely free. There is certainly no obligation to contribute, but if you would like to, please make your check to: Dan Sharp, 4017 Isle Vista Ave, Belle Isle, FL 32812. Or you can also contribute via my PayPal account. firstname.lastname@example.org
As the Advent and Christmastide season closes, I would like to thank all of you who contributed to the devotional ministry. May the Lord bless you in this coming year.
Plus there is an additional feature this year. You will be receiving a devotional each Sunday, beginning next Sunday, January 10th, and for the next six weeks until Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17th at which time, the Lenten devotionals begin going from Ash Wednesday all the way through Pentecost on May 23rd. You do not need to resubscribe.
I’ve enclosed the list of music links for each day for your enjoyment beneath the list of source books for the prayers.
THE SOURCE BOOKS FOR THE PRAYERS
The Pursuit of God, AW Tozer, Christian Publications
The Book of Uncommon Prayer, ed. Constance and Daniel Pollock, Word Publishing
Early Christian Prayers, ed. Hamman, Regnery Publishing
The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. Appleton, OUP
Valley of Vision, ed. Bennett, Banner of Truth Pub.
Prayers Ancient and Modern, Mary Wilder Tileston, 1897
A Diary of Private Prayer, John Baillie
Eerdmans’ Book of Famous Prayers, compiled by Veronica Zindel
Celtic Daily Prayer, Andy Raine and John Skinner Northumbria Community
The Quiet Corner, ed. Shirwood Wirt, Fleming H. Revell
Book of Common Prayer, Episcopal,1979, 1928 (BCP)
Peter Marshall’s Lasting Prayers, Droke House Publishers
THE MUSIC LINKS FOR ADVENT 2020
Nov.29 “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” arr. Alice Parker
Nov.30 “Lo He Comes with Clouds Descending” Litchfield Cathedral Choir
Dec.1 “Joy to the World” John Rutter and Cambridge Choir
Dec.2 “O Little Town of Bethlehem” Salt Lake Vocal Artists These 8 minutes will help you be quiet. Just listen. It’s gorgeous!!! Arr. Dan Forrest
“Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying” Nordic Choir of Luther College
Dec.3 “The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns
Dec.4 “Children, Go Where I Send Thee” Home Free with Kenny Rogers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7GR-c8-tKI DO NOT MISS THIS!!!!!
Dec.5 “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” Geneva Christian Choir
Dec.6 “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord” from the musical “Godspell”
Dec.7 “Advent Hymn” Christy Nockels
Dec.8 “Benedictus” Karl Jenkins Beautiful music almost beyond belief!
Dec.9 “God Rest You Merry Gentlemen” Libera
Dec. 10 “Go Tell It on the Mountain” Home Free ―an energetic setting!
Dec.11 What Child Is This? Home Free
Dec.12 “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” Caitelen
Dec.13 “Glory to God In the Highest” Messiah
Dec.14 “I Wonder as I Wander” Simon Khorolskiy
Dec.15 ““O Come, Let Us Adore Him” Voctave (I admit, this is a repeat from last year!)
Dec.16 “Behold the Lamb of God” from Messiah Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir
Dec.17 “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” Mississippi College Choir
Bonus: (Leave it to the Mormons . . . except for the theology!!)
“Angels from the Realms of Glory” BYU Idaho Dept. of Music
Dec.18 ““Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” Chris Rupp and the Fox and the Hound
Bonus: Interesting fact. Chris Rupp a former member of Home Free (below) went out on his own (Infant Holy, Infant Lowly) though he still sings with Home Free sometimes.
“Angels We Have Heard on High” Home Free (I know, a repeat from other years. But in case you missed it then. This is really one of the best versions. Not over produced IMO.
Dec.19 “Long Ago Prophets Knew” A British Christian Music Programme
Would this ever happen in the states???
Bonus: “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” King’s College Choir Spectacular Brass and Cathedral setting, don’t miss it.
Dec.20 “The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came” All Angels
Dec.21 “Silent Night”
Sissel Kyrkjebϴ This Norwegian lady has one of the most beautiful soprano voices you will ever hear. Effortless!
Bonus: “Silent Night” Libera -Exquisite Boy Choir The Brits know how to do Christmas!!! Don’t miss this either!
Dec.22 “Hannah’s Prayer Edmund and Gisela Bullock
Dec.23 “Magnificat” JS Bach GLORIOUS!!! At the end of every piece he wrote, he put S.D.G. Soli Deo Gloria, “to God alone be glory.”
My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
For he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden:
for behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
You can watch and listen to the entire Magnificat about 35 minutes long at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YHf3CtEi8E
Dec.24 “Fanfare and Carol, O Come, All Ye Faithful” arr. David Wilcocks Phillip Jones Brass Ensemble and Bach Choir
Bonus: “Mary, Did You Know?” Vocative with Mark Lowrey, (the guy who wrote the song) DON’T MISS THIS!!!! Best setting of this I’ve ever heard. Astounding voices.
Dec.25 “On Christmas Night All Christians Sing” The Brits again!
“Good Christian Men, Rejoice” King’s College Choir
“Good Christian Men, Rejoice” Wissmann family
“I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In”
Dec.26 “Angels We Have Heard on High” Robert Shaw Chorale gorgeous choral singing. Terrific arrangement!
Bonus: “I Wonder as I Wander” The King Singers and London Symphony
Dec. 27 “This Little Light of Mine” arr. Moses Hogan The National Lutheran Choir
“Jesus, What a Wonderful Child” Christ Church Nashville
Dec.28 “Away in a Manger” Libera Angelic!
Bonus: “Away in a Manger” Home Free Beautiful video with original tune
Dec.29 “Sing We Now of Christmas” The Singers Matthew Culloton
Bonus: (Had this one from last year. Didn’t think you’d mind!)
“Sweet Little Jesus Boy” Mahalia Jackson She is singing to Jesus and we get to listen! Don’t miss this. There was only one of her. The very best.
Dec.30 “Star Carol” Nathan Pacheco
Bonus: “A Spotless Rose” Paul Mealor
Dec.31 “Mary Had a Baby” Nathaniel Dett Chorale Love it!
I thought these last few days of this year’s devotionals, I’d include a few of the secular classics, not for their theology, but for their beauty, and God loves music and beauty.
Bonus: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” Home Free Video Get ready to shed a tear!
Jan.1 “Now Let Thy Servant Depart in Peace” Robert Shaw Festival Singers As you listen to this, watch the text below. If you have ear phones, put them on to listen. Though it is sung in Russian (it’s from Rachmaninoff’s Vespers) you will be able to follow. The soloist sings what you are looking at! Also listen very carefully at the end and you will hear the world famous low Russian basses- in this case Americans! By the way, this is the music sung in the Eastern Orthodox worship services. They are not big on overhead screens! All singing is a cappella. Just the human voice singing to God.
“Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace,
as you have promised.
I have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared for all people.
He is a light to reveal God to the nations,
and he is the glory of your people Israel!”
Bonus: “Now Let Thy Servant Depart in Peace” Chesnokoff Male Choir of Donskoy Monastery
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ma8NjcAUOg Note the stories of the Bible portrayed throughout the sanctuary of this Orthodox Church.
Jan.2 “Personent Hodie” arr. Lara Hoggard Choralis (wait for the light!)
“On This Day Earth Shall Ring” St Malachy’s college choir
“The Christmas Song” The King’s Singers’
Jan.3 “Twas’ in the Moon of Wintertime” Cambridge Singers
Bonuses! “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” Andy Williams
“The Little Drummer Boy” The King’s Singers
Jan.4 “We Three Kings of Orient Are” Robert Shaw Chorale wonderful setting
Bonus: “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” Casting Crowns The message to our world.
Jan.5 “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks Dan Forrest
Atlanta Master Chorale
Bonus: “Have Yourself A Merry
Little Christmas” Michael Bublé Beautiful!
Jan.6 “As with Gladness Men of Old” from Ipswich, England
“We Three Kings” Kings College (of course!)
“Auld Lang Syne” Home Free
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFcSfqYqHs4© Daniel Sharp 2020