Get reading for Worship!


Did you know that most of the time we follow a pattern of scripture readings in our worship services? It’s called “following the lectionary” and it is based upon a three-year cycle of Bible readings. Many churches follow this pattern — Lutheran, Presbyterian, Catholic, etc. Sometimes, we set aside the lectionary readings in order to do a sermon series based upon other Scripture readings that we would not otherwise hear in worship.

We invite you to spend some time each week “reading ahead” and pondering the readings that you will hear in upcoming worship services. If you take this challenge, think about how it will change how you hear the word in worship after you have spent reading it during the week. It’s a great way to get ready for worship by reading for worship! 

December 5-6, Second Weekend of Advent (PEACE)

Isaiah 40:1-11 Good news to God’s coming to a people in exile
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
- 2 Peter 3:8-15a Waiting for and hastening the day of God
Mark 1:1-8 John appears from the wilderness

Questions to Ponder:
Is there a word, phrase or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?
In what ways can you prepare the way for God’s love for other people in the time of COVID-19? How has someone prepared the way of God’s love for you?
What is peace? What brings you peace?

DECEMBER 12-13, Third WEEKEND OF ADVENT (JOY)

Psalm 126
- 1Thessalonians 5:16-24 Kept in faith until the coming of Christ
- John 1:6-8, 19-28 A witness to the light

Questions to Ponder:
Is there a word, phrase or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?
What is a joyful moment from your life?
How can something so small bring great joy? What is an example?

DECEMBER 19-20,   Fourth Weekend of Advent (LOVE)

- 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 The Lord’s promise to David
Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26
Romans 16:25-27 The mystery of God revealed in Jesus Christ
- Luke 1:26-38 The angel appears to Mary

Questions to Ponder:
Is there a word, phrase or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?
What song do you sing when no one is listening?
How have you encouraged the dreams of someone else? Who has encouraged your dreams? 

DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve: Nativity of our lord

- Isaiah 9:2-7 Light shines: a child is born to us
Psalm 96
- Titus 2:11-14 The grace of God has appeared
Luke 2:1-20 God with us

Questions to Ponder:
Is there a word, phrase or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?
How can you keep the story of Jesus alive? What dream for your church do you keep alive?
How did you celebrate Christmas as a child? How does your family celebrate it today?

DECEMBER 26-27, First sunday of christmas

- Isaiah 61:10-62:3 Clothed in garments of salvation
Psalm 148
Galatians 4:4-7 Children and heirs of God
Luke 2:22-40 The presentation of the child

Questions to Ponder:
Is there a word, phrase or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?
How do you keep the Christmas spirit going?
What is one way you have witnessed God’s love?


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