Advent Weekly Scripture Readings

Advent teaches us that God’s kingdom breaks into ordinary human life in unexpected ways. God used simple things like waiting, baby announcements, blessings in the lives of others, longing for peace, and even people that we’d least suspect to bring about the majesty of Christ’s first advent. Even now, God’s kingdom continues to break into ordinary human life and gives shape to the way we see God in our lives.

November 29 - Waiting

December 6- The Greatest Baby Announcement Ever!

The Birth of Jesus Foretold

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Footnotes

Luke 1:35 Or So the child to be born will be called holy,

December 13 - A Share in Joy

 

December 20 - Longing for Peace of Christmas

December 24 - The Greatest Gift Ever

December 27 - At Last: Simeon, Anna, and The Grand Arrival