God Fulfills God’s Promises

Fourth Sunday in Advent, Year B, Old Testament

Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-11; 16

Today’s Scripture comes once from the Old Testament book of 2 Samuel. In today’s story, God makes a covenant with David, promising that David’s offspring would continue to lead and rule Israel long after his death. The line of David would last for many, many years. We see this covenant fulfilled in the birth and life of Jesus, who comes from the house and the line of King David. This story reminds us that when God makes a covenant with us, God lives up to it. God always fulfills God’s promises.

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LPTW Advent 4, Year B, Younger Children, Old Testament
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The Good News of Deliverance

Third Sunday in Advent, Year B, Old Testament

Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-4; 8-11

Our scripture comes once again from the book of Isaiah. Today’s passage calls for preaching the good news of deliverance; the prophet states in verse one that they have been sent by God to bring good news to the oppressed and to proclaim the year of God’s favor. In Israel, this year was called the jubilee year. Every fifty years, debts were cancelled and slaves were set free. The prophet preaches this message of peace and justice so that those who feel captive can be set free. During Advent, we prepare for the coming of Jesus, who brings us deliverance through his crucifixion and resurrection.

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LPTW Advent 3, Year B, Younger Children, Old Testament
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Prepare the Way

Second Sunday in Advent, Year B, Old Testament

Scripture: Isaiah 40:1-11

Our scripture comes from the book of Isaiah. Many times we associate Isaiah’s prophecies with the coming of the Messiah. In fact, the imagery of Isaiah 40 has inspired the creation of many different artistic and cultural works. However, it’s important for us to remember that these words were written to God’s people long before they knew the Messiah would ever come. Isaiah’s words of comfort and peace were written to God’s people while they were facing the destruction and pain that came from the Babylonian exile.

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LPTW Advent 2, Year B, Younger Children, Old Testament
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Hope in God

First Sunday in Advent, Old Testament Lesson, Year B

Scripture: Isaiah 64:1-9

Today’s Scripture comes from the book of Isaiah. At first read of the passage, this might seem like a lesson that is difficult to teach to students. However, a closer reading of the story brings forth many important and significant themes. Isaiah wrote this text at a time when the people of God were facing trouble. They were attacked and exiled, and are now allowed home. Isaiah’s words about God’s great power brought hope to God’s people at a time when they were rebuilding their lives. During Advent, we hope and wait for God to come and dwell with us, too.

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The Good, Peaceful Leader Comes

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C, Old Testament Lesson

Scripture: Micah 5: 2-5a

This is the fourth Sunday of Advent, the four weeks that prepare us for Christmas. 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.

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LPTW Advent 4, Year C, Old Testament, Younger Children
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Rejoice! God Will Care for God’s People

Third Sunday of Advent, Year C, Old Testament Lesson

Scripture: Zephaniah 3:14-20

This is the third Sunday of Advent, the four weeks that prepare us for Christmas. 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.

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LPTW Advent 3, Year C, Old Testament, Younger Children
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God’s Goodness Glows

Second Sunday of Advent, Year C, Old Testament Lesson

Scripture: Baruch 5:1-9

This is the second Sunday of Advent, the four weeks that prepare us for Christmas. 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.

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LPTW Advent 2, Year C, Old Testament, Younger Children
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God Promises Justice and Goodness

First Sunday of Advent, Year C, Old Testament Lesson

Scripture: Jeremiah 33:14-16

Today we begin the season of Advent, the four weeks that prepare us for Christmas. 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 messages of great hope and deep joy as we wait and watch and wonder.

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LPTW Advent 1, Year C, Old Testament, Younger Children
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Who is this child?

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C

Scripture: Luke 1:39-45

Mary has simply accepted the message the angel gave her. Now she goes to the one other woman on the planet with whom she can talk: her elderly cousin, Elizabeth, who is expecting a baby whose name will be John. Blessed is she who believes. But what does Mary make of the baby in Elizabeth’s womb “leaping” at the sound of Mary’s voice? Who is the baby John? Who is this baby Mary carries?

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What Then Should We Do?

Third Sunday of Advent, Year C

Scripture: Luke 3:7-18

Convicted by John the Baptist’s message, “Get ready!” the people ask, “What then should we do?” As we wait, how will we get ready? Yes, the packages have to get wrapped. Yet John invites us to “bear fruits worthy of repentance.” Perhaps we are being called to notice what we have received and choose what we will share with others. How will we choose to respond to the abundance we have received?

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