2016 Advent & Christmas Readings

Our daily readings this Advent season trace stories of God appearing to his people throughout the Old Testament, reminding us that when God became flesh in the person of Jesus, it was the fulfillment of all the ways he had been drawing near to his people since the beginning of time, and a sure pledge of his promise to dwell with them fully at the end of time. As you read each day, pause to reflect and/or discuss how each passage shows us the ways in which our God is always faithful to come to us in our need.

Sunday, November 27 (1st Sunday in Advent): See Order of Worship for Today’s Readings

Monday, November 28: Genesis 1:1-2, 26-31; Psalm 1

Tuesday, November 29: Genesis 3:8-24; Psalm 2

Wednesday, November 30: Genesis 12:1-5, 13:14-18; Psalm 8

Thursday, December 1: Genesis 15:1-21; Psalm 16

Friday, December 2: Genesis 16:1-16; Psalm 18:1:6, 31-50

Saturday, December 3: Genesis 18:1-15; Psalm 21

Sunday, December 4 (2nd Sunday in Advent): See Order of Worship for Today’s Readings

Monday, December 5: Genesis 28:10-22; Psalm 22

Tuesday, December 6: Genesis 32:22-32; Psalm 24

Wednesday, December 7: Exodus 3:1-17; Psalm 27

Thursday, December 8: Exodus 12:21-36; Psalm 29

Friday, December 9: Exodus 24:1-11; Psalm 41

Saturday, December 10: Numbers 22:22-40; Psalm 45

Sunday, December 11 (3rd Sunday in Advent): See Order of Worship for Today’s Readings

Monday, December 12: Joshua 5:10-15 ; Psalm 47

Tuesday, December 13: Judges 6:11-27; Psalm 68:1-18

Wednesday, December 14: Judges 13:1-25; Psalm 68:19-35

Thursday, December 15: 1 Samuel 3:1-21; Psalm 69

Friday, December 16: 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 96

Saturday, December 17: 2 Samuel 7:1-17; Psalm 97

Sunday, December 18 (4th Sunday in Advent): See Order of Worship for Today’s Readings

Monday, December 19: 1 Kings 3:3-15; Psalm 98

Tuesday, December 20: 1 Kings 18:20-40; Psalm 99

Wednesday, December 21: 2 Kings 6:8-23; Psalm 110

Thursday, December 22: 2 Chronicles 32:9-23; Luke 1:5-25; Psalm 118

Friday, December 23: Daniel 3:8-30; Luke 1:26-38; Psalm 135

Saturday, December 24: Isaiah 63:7-64:4; Luke 1:39-56; Psalm 145

Sunday, December 25 (Christmas Day): Zephaniah 3:14-20; Luke 2:1-7; Psalm 85

Monday, December 26 (2nd Day of Christmas): Luke 2:8-20; Psalm 2

Tuesday, December 27 (3rd Day of Christmas): Luke 2:21-38; Psalm 110

Wednesday, December 28 (4th Day of Christmas): John 1:1-18; Psalm 96

Thursday, December 29 (5th Day of Christmas): John 7:37-53; Psalm 18:1-20

Friday, December 30 (6th Day of Christmas): Isaiah 25:1-9; Psalm 20

Saturday, December 31 (7th Day of Christmas): Isaiah 26:1-9; Psalm 46

Sunday, January 1 (8th Day of Christmas): Isaiah 65:15b-25; Psalm 90

Monday, January 2 (9th Day of Christmas): Genesis 15:1-21; Psalm 34

Tuesday, January 3 (10th Day of Christmas): John 10:7-17; Psalm 72

Wednesday, January 4 (11th Day of Christmas): John 6:41-47; Psalm 146

Thursday, January 5 (12th Day of Christmas): John 15:1-16; Psalm 98

Friday, January 6 (Epiphany): Isaiah 66:1-20; Luke 3:21-38; Psalm 27

Saturday, January 7: Genesis 1:1-19; Romans 1:1-17; Psalms 1-5

The seasons of Advent and Christmas are a great time to practice daily personal or family devotions. You may simply do the readings listed on the back of this page, or if you’d like to use the readings as part of a brief time of personal or family prayer, you might do it like this:

  1. Light the Advent/Christmas candle or candles (if desired).
  2. Begin by praying alone or together the prayer of the week (listed below).
  3. Read (preferably out loud) the scripture text for the day. After the reading, end with this call and response:
    He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.”
    Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!                                     (Revelation 22:20)
  4. Pray the psalm of the day by speaking it out loud to God (if praying with others, you might alternate verses, so that the leader says the odd verses, and the others present respond with the even verses).
  5. Close by praying the Lord’s Prayer.

Prayer for the 1st week of Advent:  Almighty Father, your Son came to us in humility as our savior and at the last day he will come again in glory to be our judge: Give us grace to turn away from darkness to the light of Christ that we may be prepared to welcome him and enter into his kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen!

Prayer for the 2nd week of Advent:  Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen!

Prayer for the 3rd week of Advent:  Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, as we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and forever. Amen!

Prayer for the 4th week of Advent:  Cleanse our consciences, O Lord, and enlighten our hearts, through the daily presence of your Son Jesus Christ: That at his coming, he may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen!

Prayer for the 12 days of Christmas:  Almighty God, in the birth of your Son you have given us the light of your incarnate Word, and shown us the fullness of your love: Help us to walk in his light and dwell in his love, that we may know the fullness of his joy; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen!