“Glory to God in the Highest” (Gloria)

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our journey of Advent and preaching series entitled “Canticles of Christmas” This fourth week of the series I preached from Luke 2:8-20 on the angels’ song of praise, traditionally known as the Gloria.

You can find the message outline and video below. You can access the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.


“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14)

God’s Glory Arrives to Ordinary People (Luke 2:8-9)
The angelic appearance and God’s glory
The ordinary shepherds and their appropriate awe

The Glorious Announcement of God’s New Work in Jesus (Luke 2:10-14)
God’s good news of great joy for all
The announcement of the Savior, Messiah, and Lord in David’s city
The mystifying arrival of this Messiah
The great company of angels singing God’s glory

Ordinary People See and Tell of God’s Glory (Luke 2:15-20)
The shepherds run to see the child
Mary glorifies God by treasuring and pondering these events
The shepherds continue the angel’s song and spread the word of God’s glory


Dig Deeper

This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:

  • Memorize Luke 2:10-12 or 2:14.
  • Continue with the devotional that accompanies Advent and this series here
  • Draw, ink, or paint the scene of the angel’s appearance to the shepherds or their visit to Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. Take time to talk with God as you depict the scene in your own way. What is God speaking to you through this? 
  • Listen to a musical rendering of this song, such as: “Glory to God” from Georg Friedrich Händel’s Messiah as performed by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • Watch the Bible Project video, “Angels and Cherubim

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