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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (Gibson)

SKU 9781433587948


A 40-Day Devotional Liturgy for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany

During Christmas, homes are filled with good food, welcoming family, and lively cheer. Streets are lined with lights and sprinkled with snow. Amid this season of beauty, even Christians can become distracted, keeping Jesus at an unintentional distance. How can Christians effectively prepare their hearts for the arrival of their King and worship him the way he deserves? 

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel by Jonathan Gibson presents a 40-day devotional liturgy guiding readers through Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany―helping them keep their eyes fixed on Christ. Designed as a resource for the holiday season, each reading includes a guided meditation, applicable Scripture readings, hymns, prayers, creeds, and prompts for petition and confession. For individuals and families, this devotional will help Christians focus on Jesus and meditate on the mystery of his incarnation. 

  • 40 Daily Devotions: Featuring seasonal Scripture readings, hymns, prayers, and creeds, as well as time for meditation, petition, and confession
  • Created for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany: Guides readers from November 28 through January 6 
  • Repetition throughout Readings: Scripture, hymns, and creeds repeat to help readers memorize important material 
  • Written by Jonathan Gibson: Author of Be Thou My Vision: A Liturgy for Daily Worship



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Product Details

  • Cover Type: Hardcover
  • 432 Pages
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: September 2023
  • ISBN: 9781433587948


“With Be Thou My Vision, Jonny Gibson has given us one of the richest resources of Christian devotion for individuals, families, and churches in decades. Now, in O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, he has given us a second timeless treasure that can be revisited each Advent season and help us finish the devotional year in a spirit of exultation rather than exhaustion. He inspires our minds and hearts by telling the gospel story at Christmas with simplicity and clarity through beautiful liturgy. By leaning on the finest Christian thinkers and poets in history, Gibson helps to fire the imagination of our souls to repeat the sounding joy like it was the first time. Buy this book and read it to yourself, your spouse, your family, or your friends! Then buy one for your pastor so that it may refresh your corporate celebrations as well. It will make the beauty of Christ’s peace the overriding narrative during Advent this year—and every year.”
Keith Getty, hymn writer; recording artist; coauthor, Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church

“Jonny Gibson’s Be Thou My Vision has become an integral part of my personal worship time with the Lord, as well as a liturgical resource to use in planning for corporate worship. I am elated by the news of his latest project, focusing our attention and preparing our hearts for the Advent season. What a gift to the believer and to the church!”
Laura Story, recording artist; Worship Leader, Perimeter Church, Atlanta, Georgia

“With the flurry of activity, sometimes it’s hard even for us as believers to ‘put Christ back into Christmas.’ Expertly selected from our creedal, catechetical, and liturgical heritage, this treasure chest of focused meditation and praise helps us to revel in ‘the reason for the season.’ I plan on using it and giving it away, especially as a timely opportunity for evangelizing friends and family.”
Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

“Jonny Gibson provides a rich gift in this collection. Not only has he curated some of the finest prayers and hymns of church history, but he has also arranged them into soul-enriching liturgies that echo the outlines of the gospel message even in their structure. I warmly commend this excellent resource.”
Matt Merker, hymn writer; Director of Creative Resources and Training, Getty Music; author, Corporate Worship

“Rich liturgy offers us structure and words to stir our hearts and channel our worship of God. It orients us by the Scriptures and the riches of the Christian tradition so that our minds and hearts begin to run in biblical paths. My prayer is that God will use this book to help many hearts to prepare him room.”
Joe Rigney, President, Bethlehem College & Seminary

“In this handsomely produced volume, Gibson has drawn upon the rich heritage of prayers and meditations from Christian leaders of the past, as well as biblical authors, to enhance our daily worship of God. While many Christians may be unaware of this legacy, the judicious choice of Christian creeds, collects, and meditations across twenty centuries, together with selected biblical texts, provides readers with a wealth of resources for their daily devotions from Advent to Epiphany. A rich array of wisdom and insight from our forebears provides a new landmark for Christians as they reflect, meditate, and offer praise to God for the gift of his incarnate Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Glenn N. Davies, Archbishop of Sydney (2013–2021)

“Here is a daily liturgy for all who desire to grow in their enjoyment and worship of Christ. The prayers are robust, the meditations thoughtful, the confessions sincere, and the praise stirring. Any Christian would benefit from using it as a help in their private and family devotions.”
Jason Helopoulos, Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan; author, The New Pastor’s Handbook and Covenantal Baptism

“If you are weary of the materialistic, sentimental Christmas of our culture, this book will lead you back to heartfelt worship and adoration. While these liturgies are intended for private and family worship, they breathe a communion with the church of all ages. Above all, they will lead you into a deeper appreciation for the glory of the incarnation—and joyful worship of the one who came and is coming again!”
Dale Van Dyke, Pastor, Harvest Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Wyoming, Michigan

“This is a wonderful resource! It gives focus and articulation to the watchful waiting of Advent and, through its thoughtful selection of passages, a sense of the companionship of countless fellow travelers and faithful guides drawn from the entire history of the people of God in our journey through the season.”
Alastair J. Roberts, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Theopolis Institute


Jonathan Gibson (PhD, University of Cambridge) is an ordained minister in the International Presbyterian Church, United Kingdom, and associate professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is a coeditor of and contributor to From Heaven He Came and Sought Her and author of Be Thou My Vision: A Liturgy for Daily Worship. Jonny and his wife, Jackie, have four children.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Part 1: Preparation for Daily Worship from Advent to Epiphany
Chapter 1: Waiting for Jesus 
Chapter 2: Format of Daily Worship from Advent to Epiphany
Part 2: Practice of Daily Worship from Advent to Epiphany
November 28–January 6

Appendix 1: Tunes for Hymns and Psalms, Gloria Patri and Doxology versions
Appendix 2: Advent to Epiphany Bible Reading Plan
Appendix 3: Author, Hymn, and Liturgy Index

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