Today Isaiah prophesies that a young woman will bear a son and name him Emmanuel. The gospel is Matthew’s account of the annunciation and birth of the one named Emmanuel, God-with-us. During these final days of Advent we pray, “O come, O come, Emmanuel,” a beloved hymn based on ancient prayers appointed for the seven days preceding Christmas. On this final Sunday in Advent we prepare to celebrate the birth of the one born to save us from the power of sin and death.


Isaiah 7:10-16
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-25


Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that hinders our faith, that eagerly we may receive your promises, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

This Weeks Readings

MondayGenesis 17:15-22
Galatians 4:8-20
1 Samuel 2:1-10
TuesdayGenesis 21:1-21
Galatians 4:21-5:1
1 Samuel 2:1-10
WednesdayGenesis 37:2-11
Matthew 1:1-17
1 Samuel 2:1-10
ThursdayIsaiah 33:17-22
Revelation 22:6-7, 18-20
Luke 1:46b-55
Friday2 Samuel 7:18, 23-29
Galatians 3:6-14
Luke 1:46b-55
SaturdayIsaiah 9:2-7
Psalm 96
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-14 [15-20]
Luke 1:46b-55
Sunday, December 18, 2016 –Fourth Sunday of Advent

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