Daily Devotions
 

We are thrilled to once again be sharing a daily devotion with you for the season of Advent. These inspiring devotions have been written by YOU the members of Good Shepherd.  A sincere “thank you” to everyone who opened their hearts to share a small piece of their faith journey with us.   As we journey toward Bethlehem in this season, take time each day to walk with God and experience the stirrings of the deep love that took on flesh to walk with us.  

During the four week Advent season, each Wednesday our devotion will be a video reflection by Dr. Kevin Seal, Director of Worship and Music at Good Shepherd, as he shares a teaching about the Words and Music of Advent.

Each new day’s devotion will go live directly on our webpage, goodshepherd.com at 6am, (look under the worship tab at the top right of the front page) or you can follow the link that will be sent out later each morning in an email from Good Shepherd.  


Matthew Petersen

Daily Devotion

Luke 1:57-80

Holy Connections

By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us… v.78

When I was in seminary, attending chapel during the week was a spiritual practice of mine. Reflecting on these services I can still hear the bubbling of the font, can picture the light coming through the stained glass windows, and taste the elements blessed by my professors. 

At chapel congregational and liturgical singing was most meaningful to me. It felt like home to hold the ELW and sing hymns and liturgy that I had sung and heard since I was a child. I can distinctly remember the voice of one of my classmates signing The Benedictus one morning, a gospel canticle taken directly from today’s reading. 

Scripture, like hymnody and liturgy, connects us not only to God but to others throughout history and around the world. It connects me to Zechariah, to my parents worshiping in their church, and that small rural church where I was baptized. These treasures of the church make holy connections across time, space, race, and gender. 

God of all, we give you thanks for the gifts of scripture, hymnody, and liturgy. In the name of the Christ. Amen.

Prayer concern: Church musicians

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