Music for Advent – a great 15 song playlist

November 30, 2014

I hope within the next day or two to begin posting some Advent music here at Lent & Beyond, as well as a compilation of Advent music resources.

But, in the meantime, Kerry at the Potter’s Shed has posted a lovely 15 song Advent music playlist.  It’s truly a great resource and a help to enter into times of worship with the Lord!  Thanks for taking the time to do this and share it with us Kerry!

A wonderful list of worship links and sermons for Advent Sunday

November 30, 2014

MANY wonderful Advent resources here

including links to live webcasts, as well as saved versions of Lessons & Carols services from various Cambridge University colleges, as well as several churches from the US and UK.

Joppa, a gateway to the salvation of the Gentiles

November 30, 2014

It was from Joppa that Jonah went to Ninevah and Peter went to the household of Cornelius. Joppa means fairness; comeliness; beauty.

Jonah 3:5 (ESV)
And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.

Acts 10:44-46a (ESV)
While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God.

O Lord,
We are amazed at Your gift of the Holy Spirit. We extol Your magnificent, holy name and give You thanks.
Don’t forget the Gentiles of the Middle East today! Establish a beautiful gateway for their salvation!  The fields are white for harvest.  Amen.

Advent 2014 at Lent & Beyond

November 30, 2014

Advent3Note: this entry is “sticky” and will remain at the top of the blog throughout Advent. Look for new entries below.

Advent has started!!!  We wish all our readers a Blessed Advent!  We will be doing a lot of Advent blogging this year… here are some links to help you find your way around Lent & Beyond.

All new Advent posts for 2014 can be found with our Advent 2014 tag.

We also have started an Index of all our Advent entries for 2014, I will aim to update that every Friday or Saturday.

Our Advent Subcategories include: Advent DevotionalsAdvent Prayers, Advent Quotes, Advent Resources, Advent: Family & Children.  For all Advent entries past & present, here’s our Advent category.

Here’s our new “Best of Advent at Lent & Beyond” entry – with links to many of our Advent favorites from our 10 years of blogging.  Here’s our Advent Favorites category.

Here’s the brand new list of links to excellent sites for Advent devotionals & prayers for Advent 2014  (note these links are mostly geared towards adult readers, not children).

Here’s the link for all our posts containing Advent worship music.

May the Lord prepare all of our hearts for celebrating the miracle of His birth and may He draw us near to Him in worship this Advent.

Links to Favorite Advent Devotional Sites for 2014

November 30, 2014

UPDATED: 9 December (you’ll need to click on the “read more” link to see the new entries.)

This post is sticky.  Look below for new entries.

advent_vespersHappy Advent!   Below is a list of some of the best sites for devotionals and prayers throughout Advent.  Almost all the sites featured below will have new entries each day of Advent.  We will  update this list from time to time as we discover new websites.  Resources marked “*(A)”  are from the  Anglican tradition.


A Special New Anglican Advent resource for 2014: 

*(A) Advent Bible Study Video series on the Second Coming from ACNA Bishop Julian Dobbs.  A really wonderful Advent teaching series.  Don’t miss this!


Sites featuring Regular Advent Devotional Reflections & Prayers:

  • Biola University’s online Advent calendar.  The best new Advent resource from 2013 is back again for 2014.  Truly EXCELLENT!  Substantive reflections on Scripture, artwork, music… Again, this site is a special gift.  Don’t miss it!
  • Godspace blog:  Christine Sine posts wonderful original Advent prayers and meditations, podcasts, and tons of wonderful Advent resources.  Christine encourages contemplation and application – ensuring we live out the Gospel in our lives, in care for those in need.
  • *(A) The Rev. Patrick Comerford is featuring a Hymns of Advent series for Advent 2014.  Very recommended for those who love to learn about history and liturgy.  His entries are usually very rich in terms of their focus on Anglican heritage.

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Veni Emmanuel and the Ebola crisis

November 30, 2014

It is interesting how many of the verses of the famous Advent hymn are fitting for the Ebola crisis.

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.


Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
Who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.


O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory over the grave.


O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.


O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.


O come, O come, great Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times once gave the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.


O come, Thou Root of Jesse’s tree,
An ensign of Thy people be;
Before Thee rulers silent fall;
All peoples on Thy mercy call.


O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.


Palestinian bid for statehood

November 29, 2014

From The Jerusalem Post:

Arab foreign ministers decided on Saturday to support the Palestinian Authority’s plan to seek a UN Security Council resolution calling for a full Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital. . . . The Arab League ministers also reiterated their opposition to Israel’s demand to be recognized as a Jewish state.

Numbers 23:23 (NIV)
There is no divination against Jacob, no evil omens against Israel.

Psalm 33:10 (NIV)
The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.

Psalm 121:4 (NIV)
Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

Isaiah 31:5 (NIV)
Like birds hovering overhead, the LORD Almighty will shield Jerusalem; he will shield it and deliver it, he will ‘pass over’ it and will rescue it.”

Past prayers here, here, here, and here.

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