Advent, Year C

Gospel Lesson Plans

Advent extends an invitation. The invitation: don’t just do something – stand, watch, prepare. Stand. Choose to believe that ours is a safe universe – a universe God chose to enter as an infant. Watch. Look for a coming that has already come and will come again. Prepare. Snatch moments from our busyness. Watching for wisps of awe and wonder to show up. Rediscover that God has chosen to dwell in us and we are invited to dwell in God.

What if – just what if – Jesus is already right here, standing silently with us, walking ahead of us, showing us we don’t have to do it all? Could it be that we are called to be still, notice, listen – and then follow?

Old Testament Lesson Plans

Advent means “coming” and the One who is coming is the messiah, Jesus. We remember and celebrate Jesus’ birth and we make ourselves ready for the time that Jesus will come again, when God will make all things new. The stories we hear in this season are from the prophets, who bring us messages of great hope and deep joy as we wait and watch and wonder.

Day GospelGospel Lesson PlanOld Testament/Acts Lesson
First Sunday of AdventDecember 2Jeremiah 33: 14-16
Luke 21:25-36
Choosing to NoticeGod Promises Justice and Goodness
Second Sunday of AdventDecember 6Baruch 5:1-9
Luke 3:1-6
Prepare the Way of the LordGod's Goodness Glows
Third Sunday of AdventDecember 13Zephaniah 3:14-20
Luke 3:7-18
What then Should We Do?Rejoice! God Will Care for God's People
Fourth Sunday of AdventDecember 20Micah 5:2-5a
Luke 1:39-45(46-55)
Who is this Child?The Good, Peaceful Leader Comes