This Sunday's Lectionary Texts

December 3: 1 Advent

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Isaiah 64:1-9 (The Lesson)

64:1 O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence-

64:2 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil-to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence!

64:3 When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.

64:4 From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him.

64:5 You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed.

64:6 We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

64:7 There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.

64:8 Yet, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

64:9 Do not be exceedingly angry, O LORD, and do not remember iniquity forever. Now consider, we are all your people.

Psalm 80

80:1 Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.

80:2 In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, stir up your strength and come to help us.

80:3 Restore us, O God of hosts; show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

80:4 O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angered despite the prayers of your people?

80:5 You have fed them with the bread of tears; you have given them bowls of tears to drink.

80:6 You have made us the derision of our neighbors, and our enemies laugh us to scorn.

80:7 Restore us, O God of hosts; show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

 

80:16 Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, and son of man you have made so strong for yourself.

80:17 And so will we never turn away from you; give us life, that we may call upon your Name.

80:18 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

1 Corinthians 1:3-9 (The Epistle)

1:3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1:4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus,

1:5 for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind—

1:6 just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you—

1:7 so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1:8 He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1:9 God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Mark 13:24-37 (The Gospel)

13:24 "But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,

13:25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

13:26 Then they will see "the Son of Man coming in clouds' with great power and glory.

13:27 Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

13:28 "From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.

13:29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates.

13:30 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 13:31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

13:32 "But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

13:33 Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come.

13:34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch.

13:35 Therefore, keep awake--for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn,

13:36 or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake."

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