5. READINGS FOR THE DAY

The readings for the First Sunday in Advent

A reading from the prophet Isaiah

(Isaiah 63:16-17, 64:1, 3-8 NRSV)

You, O LORD, are our father;
               our Redeemer from of old is your name.
   Why, O LORD, do you make us stray from your ways
               and harden our heart, so that we do not fear you?
   Turn back for the sake of your servants,
               for the sake of the tribes that are your heritage.
            O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,
                        so that the mountains would quake at your presence—
            When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect,
                        you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
            From ages past no one has heard,
                        no ear has perceived,
            no eye has seen any God besides you,
                        who works for those who wait for him.
            You meet those who gladly do right,
                        those who remember you in your ways.
            But you were angry, and we sinned;
                        because you hid yourself we transgressed.
            We have all become like one who is unclean,
                        and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth.
            We all fade like a leaf,
                        and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
            There is no one who calls on your name,
                        or attempts to take hold of you;
            for you have hidden your face from us,
                        and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.
            Yet, O LORD, you are our Father;
                        we are the clay, and you are our potter;
                        we are all the work of your hand.

(Psalm 79(80): 2-3, 15-16, 18-19 NRSV)

 
Resp: God of hosts, bring us back; let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.
 
Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
                        you who lead Joseph like a flock!
            You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth
                        before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh.
            Stir up your might,
                        and come to save us!
 
Resp: God of hosts, bring us back; let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.
 
            Turn again, O God of hosts;
                        look down from heaven, and see;
            have regard for this vine,
                        the stock that your right hand planted.
 
Resp: God of hosts, bring us back; let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.
 
            But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand,
                        the one whom you made strong for yourself.
            Then we will never turn back from you;
                        give us life, and we will call on your name.
 
Resp: God of hosts, bring us back; let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.


A reading from the first letter to the Corinthians

1 Cor 1: 3-9 (NRSV)

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind— just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you— so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

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