Preaching Through Advent in 2023

A Four-Week, Lectionary-Based Advent Sermon Series

The Advent Lectionary Readings (Year B, 2023)

First Sunday

December 3, 2023

First Reading and Psalm

Isaiah 64:1-9

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

Second Reading

1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Gospel Reading

Mark 13:24-37

Second Sunday

December 10, 2022

First Reading and Psalm

Isaiah 40:1-11

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

Second Reading

2 Peter 3:8-15a

Gospel Reading

Mark 1:1-8

Third Sunday

December 17, 2022

First Reading and Psalm

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

Psalm 126 or Luke 1:46b-55

Second Reading

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Gospel Reading

John 1:6-8, 19-28

Fourth Sunday

December 24, 2022

First Reading and Psalm

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16

Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26

Second Reading

Romans 16:25-27

Gospel Reading

Luke 1:26-38

The Weekly Advent Themes

First Sunday

HOPE

We Have HOPE That God Will Fix All the World’s Brokenness

Based on Mark 13:24-37

Jesus finishes foretelling the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple and then declares that “after” that, the Son of Man will come in clouds. How long after? No one knows. So every generation of believers must remain awake and alert.

Second Sunday

PEACE

We Have PEACE When We Prepare the Way for God to Work

Based on Mark 1:1-8

John the Baptist prepares the way for the first appearance of Christ by preaching a message of repentance for forgiveness to clear the way for the Messiah. John also announces the baptism with the Holy Spirit that is coming.

Third Sunday

JOY

We Have JOY As We Share the Good News with Others

Based on John 1:6-8, 19-28

John the Baptist’s message was simply, “I am not the Messiah. I am the Voice of the Messiah.” And that’s what we get to be as well. We get to be God’s voice to a culture desperately in need of hope and change.

Fourth Sunday

LOVE

We Get to Give LOVE Away Because We’ve Received Love First

Based on Luke 1:26-38

The way in which Mary received the message of the angel Gabriel teaches us to embrace, with both humility and confidence, God’s love and our assignment in the expansion of God’s kingdom on earth.

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