A Simple Advent Reading Series — Week Four — Dec. 21 to 27

A Simple Advent Reading Series
From the Gospel According to Matthew*

4. Advent

Introduction: This simple Advent reading series provides a daily reading of one or two verses from the Gospel of Matthew for each of the twenty-eight days commonly known as the Advent season. A simple prayer accompanies the reading for the day. Readers are encouraged to investigate the passage of scripture where the daily verses are found.

Advent Week Four – A Savior for All People is Born

Sunday, December 21, 2014 – The Fourth Sunday in Advent
Matthew 1:22-23 All this took lace to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” – which means “God with us.”
Prayer: Oh God, should you, could you, would you send us a sign? You have sent us a sign. You have sent us your Son.
Thought for the day: Jesus can empathize, since he has been through “it.”
Monday, December 22, 2014
Matthew 1:18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.
Prayer: Oh God, for as long as we live the birth of a child to a virgin shall remain a mystery to us, and for as long as we live we shall praise you for this miracle.
Thought for the day: Mary loved the life she carried in her womb as a gift from God.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Matthew 2:1-2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod; Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star I the east and have come to worship him.”
Prayer: Oh God, they knew. The wise men knew Jesus was king, and they came to worship. Let us follow their example.
Thought for the day: The wise men found the king of the Jews, because the first looked.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Matthew 2:4-5 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law he asked them where the Christ was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea” they replied, “for this is what the prophet had written.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we sing of the little town of Bethlehem, and we remember your humble birth. Born to a virgin, born in a manger, born to fulfill the prophesies of old. You were born to save humankind. Praise God on high. You were born.
Thought for the day: Jesus wasn’t too good to be born in Bethlehem, wasn’t too good to bless the children, wasn’t too good to touch the lepers, wasn’t too good to eat with sinners, wasn’t too good to wash the disciples’ feet, wasn’t too good to die on a cross. ‘Cause Jesus was just too, too good.

Thursday, December 25, 2014
Matthew 2: 10-11 When they saw the star they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and the bowed down and worshiped him. They opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and incense and of myrrh.
Prayer: O Jesus, Son of God, it’s all so thrilling. It’s all so amazing. Magi dressed in their glory bow before you as a newborn child, and they give gifts to the child. Jesus you are Lord at your birth. Glory to God.
Thought for the day: God’s gift to us today is Jesus, his only begotten son. Rejoice.
Friday, December 26, 2014
Matthew 3:16-17 As soon as Jesus was baptized he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Prayer: God, our Heavenly Father, we remember that your son always did your will. May we learn from his life the way to live.
Thought for the day: In all things Jesus obeyed the Father.
Saturday, December 27 2014
Matthew 28:18-19 Then Jesus came to them and said “All authority in heaven and on earth is given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer: Jesus, Lord and Savior, we confess that you arose from the grave. As your people we dedicate ourselves to the fulfillment of your commission to make disciples of all nations.
Thought for the day: Someone you know needs to know Jesus.

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