Advent Scriptures Resource

A few years back for a project I was working on called ‘Share the Hope’ I put together a list of scriptures that told the Christmas story through December. I couldn’t find an existing resource so spent quite a while producing my own. It was only in chatting to a friend last week that I realised this might be useful to others so here it is. Not saying it’s perfect, you might prefer a different order, this just worked for our project, but I’m just posting it here as a resource for others to use if they would like, and I have included links to Bible Gateway too.

Advent / Christmas Scriptures

1 DEC // Matt 1:18

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit

 

2 DEC // Luke 1:26-28  

 

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

 

3 DEC // Luke 1:29-31

 

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus…

 

 

4 DEC // Luke 1:32-35

…He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God…

 

5 DEC // Luke 1:36-38

 

… Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

 

 

6 DEC // Matt 1:19-20

Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit…

 

 

7 DEC // Matt 1:21-24

…she will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.

 

8 DEC // Luke 1:39-45

Mary Visits Elizabeth

At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.  Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

 

9 DEC // Luke 1:46-53

 

Mary’s Song

And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
 he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.

He has brought down rulers from their thrones
    but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things
 but has sent the rich away empty.

 

10 DEC // Luke 2:1-7

The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

 

11 DEC // Isaiah 9:2-3

The people walking in darkness
 have seen a great light;
 on those living in the land of deep darkness  a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation
 and increased their joy;
 they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest,
 as warriors rejoice
 when dividing the plunder.

 

12 DEC // Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

 

13 DEC // John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

 

 

14 DEC // Isaiah 11:1- 3a

The Branch From Jesse

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord— and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

 

15 DEC // Isaiah 11.3b – 9

He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Righteousness will be his belt
 and faithfulness the sash around his waist. The wolf will live with the lamb,
 the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear,
 their young will lie down together,
 and the lion will eat straw like the ox.The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy
 on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
 as the waters cover the sea.

 

16 DEC // Luke 2:8-10

 

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people

 

17 DEC // Luke 2: 11-14

…Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”

 

18 DEC // Luke 2: 15-16

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

 

19 DEC // Luke 2: 17-20

 

When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

 

20 DEC // Matt 2:1-2

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

 

21 DEC // Matt 2: 3-8

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
 who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.

 

22 DEC // Matt 2:9-10

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.

 

23 DEC // Matt 2:11 – 12

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

 

24 DEC // John 1:14

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

 

 

 

Advent Reflection

Chichester Diocese are doing Advent reflections each day available here. This was mine from yesterday – I don’t think they are available to view after the date, but check them out each day, some interesting and very short thoughts…

 

Lord In your Mercy

In a recent Dr Who episode the Doctor approaches a Dalek crying ‘mercy’. ‘What?’ says the Doctor, ‘you shouldn’t be able to say that!’.

Certainly the opposite behaviour of a normal Dalek! That’s how God’s mercy is: opposite to what the world expects. Showing compassion where least expected, giving freedom from punishments earned and offering kindness undeserved.

A truly merciful God.

(If you want to know about the Dalek, you’ll have to watch the episode!)

Share the Hope

So for the second year running I am overseeing the Share the Hope Project which came out of an idea to ‘reclaim Advent’ from the craziness of Christmas prep that has swallowed it up. I mean let’s face it, it’s just the second week of November and we are well into the consumer hype aren’t we? Christmas trees are up (and in my local supermarket it has been for weeks!), the dulcet tunes of tinny Christmas carols are filling our high street stores, the Tesco cracker hat is already adorning their logo, the Christmas ads are upon us (lovely though they are) and the dreaded conversations about who is ‘having Auntie Marge this year’ are once more upon us. 
I don’t know about you, but from about September onwards, as hard as I try otherwise, my thoughts are drawn to Christmas. To the hosting, to the meal planning, to the presents, to the entertaining, to Christmas cards and decorations and so much more. It is so busy that by the time Christmas arrives I’m a bit fed up to be honest. Which is crazy isn’t it? One of the most special times of the year, spiritually and otherwise, and we get too caught up in the preparation to enjoy it properly. If anyone does notice Advent it’s usually just about the chocolate in the calendar (although at least now we can get some good Christian ones – plug here for the Real Advent Calendar…).  My kids love Advent as it’s the only time of year they get to eat chocolate before Christmas!
So last year I came up with the idea of trying to encourage people to spend just a few minutes each day thinking about the hope that Advent is really all about. It is about preparation in a way, but not preparation for just one day, but preparing for the coming of a King.  And, so last year we launched Share the Hope, a sort of online Advent Calendar for the digital age, sharing a message of hope each day from 1-25 December (yes I know Advent starts on 30th November but we are going with the masses ok?). And I’m so excited that we are back for a second year! 
Just like a traditional advent calendar, each day will tell
part of the Christmas story according to Scripture, but will have an added
reflection on hope for people to think about. These have been given by a range
of people across the wider Church, including Vicars &
Pastors, an Arts Chaplain, an International blogger, a Charity director and the
Bishop of Lewes to name just a few. It promises to
give a really varied view of what Christian hope is all about and will hopefully encourage people away from the
hectic Christmas preparation for just a few minutes!
So I encourage you to go and sign up! The reflections will be published daily and you can
sign up to receive the daily doses of hope online at: www.sharethehopeuk.wordpress.com  or on Facebook:
Facebook.com/Sharethehopeuk  &
Twitter: @sharethehopeuk 

And don’t forget it’s all about sharing the
hope, so get sharing and please help us spread the word by going and telling someone about it! Thank you :)

Christmas in pictures…

Ok, so feeling like my blog needs a new lease of life I am going to take and post a picture a day over the festive period…!
Here is the first.
This is my daughter’s school Christmas tree, which the kids get to decorate after school each year, and today was the day. It’s always a scrum, broken baubles, lights that don;t work and sometimes with kids actually throwing stuff at the tree!  We have even been banned fromj using real greenery by the school caretaker as it makes so much mess!!
The first few years I was involved I used to go round and tidy the tree up, but to be honest nothing can improve it. If this was in my house I would have to change it, or in fact remove it all together it would offend me so much ;)
But what I love about it is the enthusiasm the kids have for all things Christmas related. Whether it’s the dressing up, the nativity, the singing of Christmas songs (anyone else sick of little donkey already…?) and the excitement of advent calendars. Advent should be a time of preparation, hoping, fasting  traditionally. I’m not sure the kids get all that, but they do ‘get’ the waiting and the preparation, with each week something else festive going on to bring them closer to the day itself.
So this tree (eye-sore that it is…) is symbolising joy, excitement and enthusiasm :)