by Pastor Brian Phillips

Advent is a season of preparation – of prayer, contemplation, fasting, and spiritual renewal.  It is a time in which the people of God, by God’s grace, make straight His paths in their hearts.  Rather than simply being an extension of the Christmas celebration, Advent prepares us to more truly and fully celebrate Christ’s birth. 

To help us observe Advent, here is a collection of Scripture readings for each day of the season, drawn from the Book of Common Prayer.  The readings for week one are taken from the Psalms, the prophet Isaiah, the Gospel of Matthew, and the Gospel of Luke. It can be helpful to begin the day with the Psalm reading, then read the prophet at mid-day, and end the day with the Gospel reading.

Contemplate these passages in light of the Advent and its call to preparation for the celebration of Christ's Nativity.

Sunday, December 2nd – First Sunday of Advent
Psalms 146-147
Isaiah 1:1-9
Matthew 25:1-13

Monday, December 3rd
Psalms 1-3
Isaiah 1:10-20
Luke 20:1-8  

Tuesday, December 4th
Psalms 5-6
Isaiah 1:21-31
Luke 20:9-18

Wednesday, December 5th
Psalm 119:1-24
Isaiah 2:1-11
Luke 20:19-26

Thursday, December 6th
Psalm 18:1-20
Isaiah 2:12-22
Luke 20:27-40

Friday, December 7th
Psalms 16-17
Isaiah 3:8-15
Luke 20:41-21:4

Saturday, December 8th
Psalms 20, 21:1-7
Isaiah 4:2-6
Luke 21:5-19