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Daily Advent Readings

November 27-December 25

Daily readings will be posted to this page at 4 am beginning Sunday, November 27, 2022.

 

 

December 6

Prayer of Peace
Sovereign Lord, we open the gates of our hearts wide and rejoice in the light of your divine presence. We rest in the abiding peace that comes from you alone, our Prince of Peace. 
 
 
Colossians 1: 15-20
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
 
And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
 
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known.

 

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December 5

Prayer of Peace
Sovereign Lord, we open the gates of our hearts wide and rejoice in the light of your divine presence. We rest in the abiding peace that comes from you alone, our Prince of Peace. 
 
 
Hebrews 1: 1-4
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

 

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December 4

Prayer of Peace
Sovereign Lord, we open the gates of our hearts wide and rejoice in the light of your divine presence. We rest in the abiding peace that comes from you alone, our Prince of Peace. 
 
Matthew 1: 1, 5-6
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
 
and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah,
 
Matthew 1: 18-25
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:   
 
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
 
(which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

 

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December 3

Prayer of Hope
O Everlasting Father, you alone know all things. Prepare our hearts to receive your gift of love and blessed hope. With joy and gratefulness, we welcome your redeeming presence.  
 
 
Ruth 1: 1-6
In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years, and both Mahlon and Chilion died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband. Then she arose with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the fields of Moab that the LORD had visited his people and given them food.
 
Ruth 1: 11-19a
But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? Turn back, my daughters; go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, even if I should have a husband this night and should bear sons, would you therefore wait till they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, for it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the LORD has gone out against me.” Then they lifted up their voices and wept again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. And she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more.
 
So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. 

 

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December 2

Prayer of Hope
O Everlasting Father, you alone know all things. Prepare our hearts to receive your gift of love and blessed hope. With joy and gratefulness, we welcome your redeeming presence.  
 
 
Romans 15: 4
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
 
Romans 15: 8-13
For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,
 
“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles,
and sing to your name.” 
 
And again it is said,
 
“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”
 
And again,
 
“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,
and let all the peoples extol him.”
 
And again Isaiah says,
 
“The root of Jesse will come,
even he who arises to rule the Gentiles;
in him will the Gentiles hope.”
 
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

 

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December 1

Prayer of Hope
O Everlasting Father, you alone know all things. Prepare our hearts to receive your gift of love and blessed hope. With joy and gratefulness, we welcome your redeeming presence. 
 
Psalm 33: 13-22 
The LORD looks down from heaven;
he sees all the children of man;
from where he sits enthroned he looks out
on all the inhabitants of the earth,
he who fashions the hearts of them all
and observes all their deeds.
The king is not saved by his great army;
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
and by its great might it cannot rescue.
 
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,
that he may deliver their soul from death
and keep them alive in famine.
 
Our soul waits for the LORD; 
he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, 
even as we hope in you.
 
 
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November 30

Prayer of Hope
O Everlasting Father, you alone know all things. Prepare our hearts to receive your gift of love and blessed hope. With joy and gratefulness, we welcome your redeeming presence.  
 
 
Luke 1: 46-56
And Mary said, 
 
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.                   
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;              
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,                             
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;                  
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;               
he has brought down the mighty from their thrones                       
and exalted those of humble estate;
he has filled the hungry with good things,                           
and the rich he has sent away empty.           
He has helped his servant Israel,                             
in remembrance of his mercy,          
as he spoke to our fathers,                         
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
 
And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.

 

 

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November 29

Prayer of Hope
O Everlasting Father, you alone know all things. Prepare our hearts to receive your gift of love and blessed hope. With joy and gratefulness, we welcome your redeeming presence.  
 
 
Luke 1: 34-45

And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

 

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November 28

Prayer of Hope
O Everlasting Father, you alone know all things. Prepare our hearts to receive your gift of love and blessed hope. With joy and gratefulness, we welcome your redeeming presence.  
 
Luke 1: 26-33
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

 

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November 27

Prayer of Hope
O Everlasting Father, you alone know all things. Prepare our hearts to receive your gift of Love and Blessed Hope. With joy and gratefulness, we welcome your redeeming presence.
 
Isaiah 7: 14
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
 
Isaiah 9: 1-7
But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
 
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
You have multiplied the nation;
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
For the yoke of his burden,
and the staff for his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
and every garment rolled in blood
will be burned as fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

 

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