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Readings for Advent Worship

Updated: Dec 2, 2019

After reading this post, Sam Duthie, Pastor from Grace Church in Gore, was inspired to share some thoughts that he gleaned from it to inspire you to Christmas devotions.

Advent Readings

Christmas and the celebration of the coming of our messiah, saviour and son of God gives us a great opportunity to meditate upon the incarnation of Christ. Where can you turn in the Bible to do this? Here are some great passages and hymns that you can use to keep your self meditating upon the real meaning of Christmas. Why not incorporate them into your family worship or around the dinner table? (Ed. Logan)


The first mention of Advent is found in ancient writings dating back to the sixth century, with some anecdotal mentions as early as AD 380 at the Spanish Council of Saragossa! So not only is it an old Christian practice, but it’s also a very personal one, as churches have adapted the practice to suit their local parishes. So while there’s no authoritative guide to Advent, we can find some commonalities in the ways churches have practiced the observance of Advent throughout history.


Week 1: Hope (or promise)

Suggested readings: Isaiah 9:2,6-7, Psalm 122; Isaiah 2:2-5; Romans 13:11-14 Suggested hymns: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, Silent Night


Week 2: Preparation (or waiting or prophecy)

Suggested readings: Isaiah 40:3-5, Psalm 72:18; Isaiah 11:1-10; Luke 1:26-38 Suggested hymns: O Come, O Come Emanuel


Week 3: Joy (or peace)

Suggested readings:Matthew 2:10-11,Psalm 146:5-10; Isaiah 35:1-10; Luke 2:8-14

Suggested hymns: Joy to the World, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing


Week 4: Love (or adoration)

Suggested readings: John 3:16-19, Psalm 24:1-10; Isaiah 7:10-14; Luke 2:8-20; John 1:14; John 3:16; 1 John 4:10 Suggested hymns: Away in a Manger, O Little Town of Bethlehem


Week 4: Optional Fifth Sunday (Christmas Eve): Adoration

John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” (NIV)

Alternate readings: Psalm 96; Isaiah 9:2-7; Luke 2:1-40; Titus 2:11-14 Suggested hymns: O Come, All Ye Faithful; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

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