The readings for the First Sunday of Advent
A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah
(Jeremiah 33: 14-16 NRSV)
The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The LORD is our righteousness.”
(Psalm 24(25): 4-5, 8-9, 10, 14 NRSV)
Resp: To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long. Resp: To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. Resp: To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees. The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes his covenant known to them. Resp: To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
A reading from the First Epistle of Paul to the Thessalonians
1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2 (NRSV)
And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. …Finally, brothers and sisters, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus that, as you learned from us how you ought to live and to please God (as, in fact, you are doing), you should do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.