• Friday , 22 September 2017

Hearing the Sounds of Advent

Music is such an important part of Advent and Christmas. Can you imagine Advent without “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”? How about Christmas without carols like “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Silent Night,” and “Joy to the World”?

Now available in print and as an eCourse from The Upper Room, James Howell’s Why This Jubilee? explores the birth of Jesus in 24 reflections on well-known carols and Christmas songs. Howell ponders the meaning of certain phrases from these songs and relates them to our daily lives.



The Why This Jubilee? eCourse includes weekly video introductions from author James Howell, beautiful recorded renditions of Christmas songs, audio recordings of weekly prayers, all of the daily readings included in Howell’s book, and a place for group discussion.

The four weeks are arranged by themes:

  • The Place
  • The Men (Joseph, shepherds, magi)
  • The Mother
  • The Child

Join James Howell and new or old friends in this rich remembrance for the Advent and Christmas seasons.

  • Register alone and join with others around the world who are taking this eCourse together.
  • Join as a group of 5, 10, 15, or 20 and we’ll open a private classroom for your group. Questions about the private classroom? Email us at

Order a copy of the book at The Upper Room Bookstore.

Register for the eCourse here.


Nashville-based musicians, collectively known as The Orchardist, recorded songs for this eCourse. Hear more here: The Orchardist.

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