SCRIPTURE TO READ
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
CHILDREN’S BIBLE READINGS (OPTIONAL)
- My First Hands On Bible, (pages 208-213)
- Jesus Storybook Bible, “Get Ready!” (pages 170-175)
- Gospel Story Bible (pages 158-159)
- Big Picture Story Bible (pages 229-241)
On this first week of Advent, we light the candle of HOPE, mindful of the hope that the One born in Bethlehem brings to the world. In the advent of Christ we find HOPE.
Light the candle of Hope
Dear God, thank you for always keeping your promises. Help me to believe in you and trust you. Help me to be like you by keeping my promises.
Father you are always faithful and true. Thank you for your faithfulness. Help us trust you and place our hope in you. Help us remember that you are with us and you are everything we need.