Friday, December 22, 2006

Readings for Family Worship

Here's a list of the passages Gretchen and I will be reading for family worship over the next few days. They're adapted from the Revised Common Lectionary. The readings for December 22 and 23 are actually the readings for the 1st and 2nd Sundays of Advent. The hymn selections are my own. The "propers" for Christmas Day are to be read through the day - Proper I in the morning, II in the afternoon, and III in the evening. We've found these very useful. Maybe you will too.

December 22
Malachi 3:1-4
Luke 1:68-79
Philippians 1:3-11
Luke 3:1-6

Angels We Have Heard on High, #132

December 23
Zephaniah 3:14-20
Isaiah 12:2-6
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:7-18

Hymn: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, #128

Christmas Eve
Micah 5:2-5a
Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 80:1-7
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-45 (46-55)

Hymns: Thou Didst Leave They Throne #127, Silent Night #147, the Doxology

Christmas Day
Proper I

Isaiah 9:2-7
Psalm 96
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)

Proper II
Isaiah 62:6-12
Psalm 97
Titus 3:4-7
Luke 2:(1-7), 8-20

Proper III
Isaiah 52:7-10
Psalm 98
Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12)
John 1:1-14

Hymns: Angels from the Realms of Glory #131, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing #133, What Child Is This? #137, O Come All Ye Faithful #145, O Holy Night! #145, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day #152, Away in a Manger #157, Rock of Ages #204, There Is a Redeemer #206

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