Devotional Resources for Advent 2021


The Pursuit of God, AW Tozer, Christian Publications

The Book of Uncommon Prayer, ed. Constance and Daniel Pollock, Word Publishing

The Little Book of Prayers, ed. David Schiller, Workman Publishing, NY

In the Presence of My Father, Laurence Brett, Helicon, Baltimore

Prayers for Sunday Services, St. Andrew Press, Edinburgh

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) 


Nov.28  “Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending”   John Rutter

Nov.29  “Advent Hymn”    Christy Nockels

Nov.30 “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”   Anna Hawkins

Dec.1  “How Great Thou Art”    Home Free

Bonus: “How Great Thou Art” Alan Jackson

Dec.2  “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry”

Bonus: Song of Zechariah   Choral chant of Zechariah’s text

Dec.3  ““Comfort, Comfort Ye My People”     First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, NE   (This is the right link!!)

Bonus: a slightly “Different version!” of Isaiah 40   George Family and Friends!

Dec.4   “Joy to the world”   JEHOVAH SHALOM ACAPELLA     GREAT new group! from Zambia   Don’t miss them!!!

Dec.5   “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”    Laura Story

Dec.6 “O Little Town of Bethlehem”   Salt Lake Vocal Artists   (serene and peaceful, gorgeous!)

Dec.7 “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”   Here are three very different settings of this ancient and beautiful Advent hymn.    Luther College arr. Terre Johnson  You can see the actual music they are playing and follow along.   APU Men’s Chorale  

Paul affirms Peter’s message today in the dialogue at the end of this rendition.   ChurchFolk

Dec.8 “What Child Is This?”  Fernando Ortega

Bonus: “What Child Is This?”  Chris Rupp and Home Free (In case you missed this from last year! Terrific!!

Dec.9 “Break Forth O Beauteous”  Choir of King’s College

Dedc.10  “On Christmas Night All Christians Sing”     Chet Valley Churches (England)

Dec.11  “Lo How A Rose E’er Blooming” The Mirandola Ensemble    (arrangement)   Atlanta Master Chorale  (Original)   Alex Stephens   

(arrangement one guy singing all the parts)

Dec.12   “It Came Upon A  Midnight Clear”    The Singers,   arr.Matthew Culloton

Dec.13  “Now Is Born the Divine Christ Child”  Westminster Choir

Dec.14  “ “Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying”    Luther Nordic Choir

Dec.15  “O Little Town of Bethlehem”   to the tune of Forest Green     The Brits do sing!

Dec.16 “ “I Wonder As I Wander”    Audry Assad

Bonus:  “I Wonder As I Wander”     Cambridge Singers   arr. John Rutter   Vocore

Dec.17 “On This Day Earth Shall Ring”  URC Psalmody    

“Ideo, in excelsis Deo” is Latin for “Therefore, glory to God in the highest.”

Bonus: “On This Day Earth Shall Ring”    King’s College Cambridge

Dec.18 “O Thou that Tellest Good Tidings to Zion”    St. Paul Chamber Orchestra       For those of you wondering(!) the soloist is what is called a countertenor using a well-developed falsetto.

Dec.19 “Long Ago, Prophets Knew” Chet Valley Churches  

                     (beautiful carol, marvelous text)

Dec.20  “O Magnum Mysterium”   Lauridsen          Voces8   glorious recording!!!!

Bonus: Morten Lauridsen the composer talking about the composition of this masterpiece. Fascinating!    DO NOT MISS THIS

“O Magnum Mysterium”   King’s College Choir  with video

Dec.21 “Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine”       Dale Warland Singers

Dec.22 “Angels We Have Heard on High”   Libera

Bonus:   “Angels We Have Heard on High”    Home Free   beautiful arrangement        (This is seven years old and I’ve used it before I admit. It’s a wonderful setting that focuses on the text and music and doesn’t try to be clever as some of the other a cappella groups. It’s also been viewed 9.5 million times!)

Dec.23  “Mary Did You Know?”    7thAve Band   (new group) wow!

Dec.24  “Magnificat”  African Sisters   ?

“Magnificat”    J.S.  Bach    Ton Koopman        This performance in Bach’s Church!

“Magnificat”  John Rutter    The Cambridge Singers

Dec.25  The Shepherd’s Pipe Carol”    John Rutter   King’s College Choir

“Glory to God”  from Messiah   St. Paul Chamber Orchestra  

“Glory to God” Ron Nelson old and fuzzy video, Cantare Con Vivo, BEAUTIFUL MUSIC!!

Ddec.26  “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”  arr. David Willcocks  Choral Society of Grace Church, New York

Dec.27 “Sing We Now of Christmas”    Prestonwood Choir & Orchestra    (Prestonwood Baptist, Houston,TX!)

Dec.28  “Away in a Manger”  Anúna

Dec.29  “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks at Night”   Atlanta Master Chorale

Dec.30  “Go Tell It on the Mountain”    AnthemLights Band

 “Go Tell It on the Mountain”  Home Free

Dec.31   “This Little Light of Mine”     Odetta   

“This Little LIght of Mine”    Soweto Gospel Choir

“This Little Light of Mine”  arr. Moses Hogan     TCU Concert Chorale


Jan.1  “Go Tell It on the Mountain” Mahalia Jackson   The Best!

 “Go Tell It on the Mountain”   Angel City Chorale

Jan.2  “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”  Caitlene       

Jan.3 “Good Christian Men Rejoice”     King’s College Choir

Jan.4 ““Mary Did You Know?”  Mark Lowery and Voctave   A repeat from another year. The best recording of this sung by the guy who wrote it! Fantastic singers!

Jan.5  “Everywhere I Go, Somebody Talkin’ ‘bout Jesus”    Chanticleer

Jan.6 “We Three Kings”     Fox and Hound with Tim Foust

Music Groups for Advent 2021

African Singers        Dec.24

Alan Jackson           Dec.1

Alex Stephens         Dec.11

Angel City Chorale   Jan.1

AnthemLights Band Dec.30

Anúna                       Dec.28

APU Men’s Chorale   Dec.7

Atlanta Master Chorale  Dec.11,29

Audrey Assad             Nov.30, Dec.16

British Choir?                 Dec.2

Caitlene                             Jan.2

Cambridge Singers           Dec.16,24

Cantare Con Vivo                   Dec.25

Chanticleer                              Jan.5

Chet Valley Churches (England) Dec.10,19

Chris Rupp & Home Free             Dec.8

Christy Nockels                   Nov.29

Choir of King’s College         Dec.9,25

Choral Society of Grace Church   Dec.26

ChurchFolk                           Dec.7

Dale Warland Singers         Dec.21

Diocese of St. Benedict       Dec.2

Fernando Ortega                 Dec8

First Plymouth Church               Dec.3

Fox and Hound with Tim Foust   Jan.6

George Family                      Dec.2

Home Free                        Dec.1,22,30

Jehovah Shalom                   Dec.4

John Rutter                     Nov.28   

King’s College Choir   Dec.17, 20, Jan.3

Laura Story                 Dec.5

Libera                          Dec.22

Luther College             Dec.7, 14

Mahalia Jackson            Jan.1

Mirandola Ensemble      Dec.11

Odetta                              Dc.31

Prestonwood Choir               Dec.27

Salt Lake Vocal Artists            Dec.6

Soweto Gospel  Choir          Dec.31

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra   Dec.18,25

TCU Concert Chorale          Dec.31

The Singers                             Dec.12 (Matthew Culloton)

Ton Koopman                    Dec.24

URC Psalmody                 Dec.17

Voces8                            Dec.20

Vocore                           Dec.16

Voctave                         Jan.4

Westminster Choir        Dec.13

7thAve Band                  Dec.23

Scripture Index Advent 2021

I Samuel 1:24-2:11 12/22/21

I Chronicles 28:1-10   12/29/21

2 Chronicles 1:7-13 12/20/21

Psalm 80:1-7          12/17/21

Psalm 90               12/1/21

Isaiah 11:1-9          12/13/21

Isaiah 40:1-15        12/18/21

Jeremiah 31:7-14     1/5/22

Amos 6:1-8           12/9/21

Amos 8:4-12          12/10/21

Micah 5:2-5a          12/15/21

Malachi 3:13-18     12/3/21

Malachi 4:1-6         12/4/21

Matthew 2:1-12        1/6/22

Luke 1:26-38          12/19/21

Luke 1:39-45          12/23/21

Luke 1:57-66         12/11/21

Luke 1:68-79         12/2/21

Luke 2:1-20            12/25/21

Luke 2:41-52          12/26/21

Luke 3:7-18           12/12/21

Luke 7:18-30          12/8/21

Luke 8:16-21            1/3/22

Luke 21:25-36       11/28/21

John 1:1-3, 10-18    1/2/22

John 8:12-19           12/31/21

John 21:19b-24       12/27/21

Acts 7:44-53             1/4/22

Acts 28:23-31          12/14/21

Romans 8:22-25     12/6/21

Philippians 1:3-11     12/5/21

Hebrews 10:10-18   12/16/21

2 Peter 1:2-15          12/7/21

2 Peter 3:1-18           11/29/21

Revelation 21:1-7     12/28/21

Rev.22:12-16            11/30/21

© Daniel Sharp 2021