Advent 2 ~ Readings for December 5

Readings and prayer for the week of December 5 Malachi 3:1-14 • Baruch 5:1-9 • Luke 1:68-79 • Philipians 1:3-11 • Luke 3:1-6 Silence is underrated. The world is noisy and in our attempts to cope with the noise we usually add more. (Perhaps I am speaking only for myself?) Instead of stillness and quiet we…

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Readings for Christmas Week!

Advent ends late tomorrow night as Christmas Eve gives way to Christmas morning. The season of anticipation and exile comes to a conclusion as we surround the manger and behold the quiet, subversive coming of the Kingdom of God in Jesus Christ. It is just like God to act in such a way. Here are the…

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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…

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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 126 • Isaiah 65:17-25 • I Thess 5:12-28 • John 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…

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Readings for the 2nd Week of Advent

Psalm 85 • Isaiah 40:1-11 • 2 Peter 3:8-18 • Mark 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…

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Readings for the 1st Week of Advent

Psalm 80 • Isaiah 64:1-9 • I Corinthians 1:1-9 • Mark 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…

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