Readings for November 28, 2021 –Year C- First Sunday in Advent

Zechariah 14:(1-2) 3-9              1 Thessalonians 3:6-13

Luke 21:25-33                         Psalm 50

 

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

THE FIRST LESSON                                   Zechariah 14:(1-2) 3-9

14 Behold, a day is coming for the Lord, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in your midst. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. 4 On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward. 5 And you shall flee to the valley of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal. And you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him. 

6 On that day there shall be no light, cold, or frost. 7 And there shall be a unique day, which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but at evening time there shall be light. 8 On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea. It shall continue in summer as in winter. 9 And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day the Lord will be one and his name one.

 

PSALM 50

1 The Lord, even the most mighty God, has spoken * and called the world, from the rising of the sun to the going down thereof.

2 Out of Zion, perfect in her beauty, * has God shone forth in glory.

3 Our God shall come and shall not keep silence; * there shall go before him a consuming fire, and a mighty tempest shall be stirred up round about him.

4 He shall call to the heavens above, * and to the earth beneath, that he may judge his people:

5 “Gather my faithful together unto me, * those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”

6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness, * for God himself is Judge.

7 “Hear, O my people, and I will speak; * I myself will testify against you, O Israel, for I am God, even your God.

8 I will not rebuke you because of your sacrifices, or for your burnt offerings, * because they are always before me.

9 I will take no bull calf out of your house, * nor he-goat out of your folds.

10 For all the beasts of the forest are mine, * and so are the cattle upon a thousand hills.

11 I know all the birds of the air, * and the wild beasts of the field are in my sight.

12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you, * for the whole world is mine, and all that is therein.

13 Do you think that I will eat the flesh of bulls * and drink the blood of goats?

14 Offer unto God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, * and pay your vows unto the Most High, 

15 And call upon me in the time of trouble; * so will I hear you, and you shall praise me.”

16 But to the ungodly God says: * “Why do you recite my laws, and take my covenant in your mouth,

17 Though you hate to be disciplined, * and have cast my words behind you?

18 When you saw a thief, you agreed with him, * and you have taken part with adulterers.

19 You have let your mouth speak wickedness, * and with your tongue you have set forth deceit.

20 You sat and spoke against your brother; * yes, and have slandered your own mother’s son.

21 These things you have done, and I held my tongue, * and you thought wickedly that I am such a one as yourself.

22 But I will reprove you, * and set before you the things that you have done.

23 O consider this, you who forget God, * lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver you.

24 Whoever offers me a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me, * and to him who orders his way aright will I show the salvation of God.”

 

THE SECOND LESSON                                  1 Thessalonians 3:6-13

6 But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of your faith and love and reported that you always remember us kindly and long to see us, as we long to see you— 7 for this reason, brothers, in all our distress and affliction we have been comforted about you through your faith. 8 For now we live, if you are standing fast in the Lord. 9 For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, 10 as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith? 11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, 12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, 13 so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

 

THE HOLY GOSPEL                                        Luke 21:25-33

25 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” 29 And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. 31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

Readings for December 5, 2021 –Year C- Second Sunday in Advent

Malachi 3:1-5                 1 Corinthians 4:(1-7) 8-21

Luke 3:1-6                    Psalm 126

 

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

Blessed Lord, who caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and the comfort of your holy Word we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

THE FIRST LESSON                          Malachi 3:1-5

3 “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord. 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

5 “Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.

 

PSALM 126

1 When the Lord overturned the captivity of Zion, * then were we like those who dream.

2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter * and our tongue with shouts of joy.

3 Then they said among the nations, * “The Lord has done great things for them.”

4 Indeed, the Lord has done great things for us already, * whereof we rejoice.

5 Overturn our captivity, O Lord, * as when streams refresh the deserts of the south.

6 Those who sow tears * shall reap with songs of joy.

7 He who goes on his way weeping and bears good seed * shall doubtless come again with joy, and bring his sheaves with him.

 

THE SECOND LESSON                     1 Corinthians 4:(1-7) 8-21

4 This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.2 Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. 4 For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. 5 Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.

6 I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another. 7For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?

8 Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! Without us you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we might share the rule with you! 9 For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. 11 To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, 12 and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; 13 when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.

14 I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children.15 For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 16 I urge you, then, be imitators of me. 17 That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church. 18 Some are arrogant, as though I were not coming to you. 19 But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power. 20 For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power. 21 What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?

 

THE HOLY GOSPEL                            Luke 3:1-6

3 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, 2 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came toJohn the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3 And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,  make his paths straight. 5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall become straight, and the rough places shall become level ways, 6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”