Weekly Readings

Weekend Worship Services Scripture

December 22, 2019

First Lesson

Isaiah 7:10-17

The Sign of Immanuel

10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz: 11 “Ask a sign of the Lord your[a] God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” 12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test.” 13 And he[b] said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.[c] 15 He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16 For before the boy knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings you dread will be deserted. 17 The Lord will bring upon you and upon your people and upon your father’s house such days as have not come since the day that Ephraim departed from Judah—the king of Assyria!”


  1. Isaiah 7:11 The Hebrew for you and your is singular in verses 11, 16, 17
  2. Isaiah 7:13 That is, Isaiah
  3. Isaiah 7:14 Immanuel means God is with us


Second Lesson

Romans 1:1-7


Paul, a servant[a] of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David[b] according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,

To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


  1. Romans 1:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface
  2. Romans 1:3 Or who came from the offspring of David



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Weekly Bible Readings



Dec. 1
First S. in Advent
First Lesson: Is. 2:1–5
Psalm: Psalm 122
Second Lesson: Rom. 13:(8–10) 11–14
Gospel: Matt. 21:1–11 or Matt. 24:36–44

Dec. 8
Second S. in Advent
First Lesson: Is. 11:1–10
Psalm: Psalm 72:1–7
Second Lesson: Rom. 15:4–13
Gospel: Matt. 3:1–12

Dec. 15
Third S. in Advent
First Lesson: Is. 35:1–10
Psalm: Psalm 146
Second Lesson: James 5:7–11
Gospel: Matt. 11:2–15

Dec. 22
Fourth S. in Advent
First Lesson: Is. 7:10–17
Psalm: Psalm 24
Second Lesson: Rom. 1:1–7
Gospel: Matt. 1:18–25

Dec. 24
The Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve)
First Lesson: Is. 7:10–14
Psalm: Psalm 110:1–4
Second Lesson: 1 John 4:7–16
Gospel: Matt. 1:18–25

Dec. 24
The Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas.Midnight)
First Lesson: Is. 9:2–7
Psalm: Psalm 96
Second Lesson: Titus 2:11–14
Gospel: Luke 2:1–14 (15–20)

Dec. 25
The Nativity of Our Lord
First Lesson: Is. 52:7–10
Psalm: Psalm 2
Second Lesson: Heb.1:1–6 (7–12)
Gospel: John 1:1–14 (15–18)

Dec. 29
First S. a. Christmas
First Lesson: Is. 63:7–14
Psalm: Psalm 111
Second Lesson: Gal. 4:4–7
Gospel: Matt. 2:13–23

Dec. 31
Eve of the Circumcision and Name of Jesus
First Lesson: Is. 30:(8–14) 15–17
Psalm: Psalm 90:1–12
Second Lesson: Rom. 8:31b–39
Gospel: Luke 12:35–40