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Christian adult study on the meaning and history of Advent hymns.
Rejoice! Reflections on Four Seasonal Hymns
Publication Date:
9/2/2009
Pages:
0
Product Type:
Internet Download
Product Number:
TC0319

Whether it's memories of caroling, Christmas pageants, or Christmas Eve services, the hymns of Christmas are some of the most evocative parts of the season for many of us. They refocus our spirits and remind us of the holiness and mystery of God's incarnation.

This four-session Advent study pack explains the history behind some of our favorite carols and helps groups encounter the rich wording anew. Focusing on the ways in which words and music can speak to the core of our experiences, groups will spend time in reflection, conversation, and simple enjoyment of these beloved hymns. Teaching alternatives in the Leader's Guide include the use of current events, lyrical composition, and meditation.

Below are the four hymns that will be examined in the study:

  • "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"
  • "Silent Night, Holy Night"
  • "O Little Town of Bethlehem"
  • "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"

Erik Kolbell is a psychotherapist and former Minister of Social Justice at Riverside Church in New York City. He is the author of What Jesus Meant: The Beatitudes and A Meaningful Life and The God of Second Chances, published by Westminster John Knox Press. Kolbell is a regular guest on many national media outlets including The Today Show, Dateline, Morning Joe, and numerous local television and radio programs.

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