Readings for the 4th Week of Advent

This Saturday we light the candle of Love. Advent, a season of anticipation, prepares us to experience anew the love of God through the incarnation of Jesus Christ. In the incarnation, Christ has made his dwelling with man and as a result of both his incarnation and resurrection his dwelling is now not merely with us, but within us.

Psalm 1322 Samuel 7:4-16Romans 16:25-27Luke 1:26-38

“Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings for the 3rd Week of Advent

This is the 3rd Week of Advent and on Saturday we will be lighting the Candle of Joy!

Ps 126Isaiah 65:17-25I Thess 5:12-28John 1:6-28

I recently read that these short readings from the lectionary should be invitations for us to read “further, or, better to attend to what’s coming next”. These four passages are prompts that help us follow the story of of Israel’s anticipation of the Messiah, Jesus, more fully. May God bless us as we read!

“Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.”

 

 

Readings for the 2nd Week of Advent

Psalm 85Isaiah 40:1-112 Peter 3:8-18Mark 1:1-8

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed thier warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. ~ Isaiah 9:2


Readings for the 1st Week of Advent

Psalm 80 Isaiah 64:1-9I Corinthians 1:1-9Mark 13:24-37

The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. ~ Isaiah 9:2

“Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.”

Readings for the Week of January 1, 2011

Psalm 147Isaiah 61:10-62:3Galatians 3:23-4:7Luke 2:15-21

“It gets darker and darker, and then Jesus is born.” – Wendell Berry

And with that the Advent season concludes and we move into the season of Christmas. No longer bewailing the dark days without Christ we now rejoice at his arrival and seek to follow him with heart, soul, mind and strength. “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” that great Advent hymn of anticipation and longing is replaced with hymns such as “Joy to the World, the Lord has come! Let earth receive her King!”

May we take joy this year in the presence of Christ experienced within our hearts, in the lives of our sisters and brothers and in those unlikely places we wouldn’t expect to find him.