Readings for November 29, 2020, Advent 1, Year B

Isaiah 64:1-9a      1 Corinthians 1:1-9        Mark 13:24-37               Psalm 80



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                 Isaiah 64:1-9a

64 Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,
    that the mountains might quake at your presence—
2  as when fire kindles brushwood
    and the fire causes water to boil—
to make your name known to your adversaries,
    and that the nations might tremble at your presence!
3 When you did awesome things that we did not look for,
    you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
4 From of old no one has heard
    or perceived by the ear,
no eye has seen a God besides you,
    who acts for those who wait for him.
5 You meet him who joyfully works righteousness,
    those who remember you in your ways.
Behold, you were angry, and we sinned;
    in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?
6 We have all become like one who is unclean,
    and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
We all fade like a leaf,
    and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
7 There is no one who calls upon your name,
    who rouses himself to take hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us,
    and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities.

8 But now, O Lord, you are our Father;
    we are the clay, and you are our potter;
    we are all the work of your hand.
9 Be not so terribly angry, O Lord,
    and remember not iniquity forever.


PSALM 80                  Page 374-376 BCP

  1. Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, you that lead Joseph like a sheep; * show yourself also, you that sit upon the cherubim.

  2. Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, * stir up your strength and come to help us.

  3. Restore us again, O God; * show the light of your countenance, and we shall be whole.

  4. Lord God of hosts, * how long will you be angry with your people that pray?

  5. You feed them with the bread of tears * and give them plenteous tears to drink.

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

  7. Restore us again, O God of hosts; * show the light of your countenance, and we shall be whole.

  8. You have brought a vine out of Egypt; * you have cast out the nations and planted it.

  9. You made room for it, * and when it had taken root, it filled the land.

  10. The hills were covered with the shadow of it, * and the boughs thereof were like the mighty cedar trees.

  11. It stretched out its branches to the sea *and its boughs to the river.

  12. Why have you broken down its hedge, * so that all those who go by pluck off its grapes?

  13. The wild boar out of the wood roots it up, * and the wild beasts of the field devour it.

  14. Turn again, O God of hosts, look down from heaven; * behold, and visit this vine.

  15. And the place of the vineyard that your right hand has planted, * and the branch that you made so strong for yourself.

  16. As for those who burn it with fire and cut it down, * let them perish at the rebuke of your countenance.

  17. Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand * and upon the son of man, whom you made so strong for yourself.

  18. And so we will not turn back from you; * O let us live, and we shall call upon your Name.

  19. Restore us again, O Lord God of hosts; * show the light of your countenance, and we shall be whole.


THE SECOND LESSON             1 Corinthians 1:1-9

1 Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes,

2 To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

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

4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5 that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— 6 even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— 7 so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.


THE HOLY GOSPEL                          Mark 13:24-37

24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And 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.

28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”

Readings for December 6, 2020, Advent 2, Year B

Isaiah 40:1-11      2 Peter 3:8-18       Mark 1:1-8           Psalm 85


THE COLLECT OF THE DAY              Page 598 BCP

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                     Isaiah 40:1-11

40 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins.

3 A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.
5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

6 A voice says, “Cry!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
7 The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.

9 Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”
10 Behold, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.
11 He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.


PSALM 85                                      Page 380 BCP

  1. Lord, you have been gracious to your land; * you have turned away the captivity of Jacob.

  2. You have forgiven the offence of your people * and covered all their sins.

  3. You have taken away all your displeasure * and turned yourself from your wrathful indignation.

  4. Restore us then, O God our Savior, * and let your anger cease from us.

  5. Will you be displeased at us for ever, * and will you stretch out your wrath from one generation to another?

  6. Will you not turn again and quicken us, * that your people may rejoice in you?

  7. Show us your mercy, O Lord, * and grant us your salvation.

  8. I will hearken to what the Lord God will say, * for he shall speak peace unto his people, and to his saints, that they turn not again.

  9. For his salvation is near to those who fear him, * that glory may dwell in our land.

  10. Mercy and truth have met together; * righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

  11. Truth shall flourish out of the earth, * and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

  12. Indeed, the Lord shall show goodness, * and our land shall give its increase.

  13. Righteousness shall go before him, * and he shall direct his going in the way.


THE SECOND LESSON                 2 Peter 3:8-18

8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.


THE HOLY GOSPEL                           Mark 1:1-8

1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way,
3 the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’”

4 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”