Tonight, is the first Sunday of Advent, and so we light the 1st purple candle—the HOPE candle.  For HOPE has come into the world in the form of a baby.

 

The First Sunday. (12/1/19)

Read
Matthew 1:18-25
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23    “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”  (which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

Consider
GOD: What does this text say about God?
ME:  What does truth mean for my own life and perspective?
WE:  How can I live out this truth with the people around me today?

Pray
Allow the scripture and GOD/ME/WE reflections to guide a time of prayer.

The First Monday. (12/2/19)

Read
Matthew 3:1-3
1In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord;  make his paths straight.’ ”

Consider
GOD: What does this text say about God?
ME:  What does truth mean for my own life and perspective?
WE:  How can I live out this truth with the people around me today?

Pray
Allow the scripture and GOD/ME/WE reflections to guide a time of prayer.

The First Tuesday. (12/3/19)

Read
Psalm 108:1-5
1My heart is steadfast, O God!  I will sing and make melody with all my being! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn! I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations For your steadfast love is great above the heavens your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!

Consider
GOD: What does this text say about God?
ME:  What does truth mean for my own life and perspective?
WE:  How can I live out this truth with the people around me today?

Pray
Allow the scripture and GOD/ME/WE reflections to guide a time of prayer.

The First Wednesday. (12/4/19)

Read
Luke 1:26-38
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Consider
GOD: What does this text say about God?
ME:  What does truth mean for my own life and perspective?
WE:  How can I live out this truth with the people around me today?

Pray
Allow the scripture and GOD/ME/WE reflections to guide a time of prayer.

The First Thursday. (12/5/19)

Read
Matthew 7:13-14
13Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Consider
GOD: What does this text say about God?
ME:  What does truth mean for my own life and perspective?
WE:  How can I live out this truth with the people around me today?

Pray
Allow the scripture and GOD/ME/WE reflections to guide a time of prayer.

The First Friday. (12/6/19)

Read
Isaiah 9:6
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Consider
GOD: What does this text say about God?
ME:  What does truth mean for my own life and perspective?
WE:  How can I live out this truth with the people around me today?

Pray
Allow the scripture and GOD/ME/WE reflections to guide a time of prayer.

The First Saturday. (12/7/19)

Read
Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Sing
O come, O come, Immanuel,
and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel
shall come to you, O Israel.
(12th century, Latin antiphon)

Consider
GOD: What does this text say about God?
ME:  What does truth mean for my own life and perspective?
WE:  How can I live out this truth with the people around me today?

Pray
Allow the scripture and GOD/ME/WE reflections to guide a time of prayer.