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December 2020


A month devoted to Advent, Christ's coming, and the Immaculate Conception.

See: Advent Christmas Season Autumn

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Friday, December 4, 2020

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Key Passage

The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

Questions

Adults: With whom could you be more patient this week, as God has been patient with you?
Children: With whom can you be more patient?

Readings

First Reading • Promise of Salvation

Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

Psalm

Psalms 85:9ab+10, 11-12, 13-14 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

Second Reading • Christ Will Come in Judgment

2 Peter 3:8-14 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

Gospel • John the Baptist

Mark 1:1-8 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

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Monday, December 7, 2020

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Key Passage

Ephesians 1:4 (chosen by God)

Questions

Adults: How has faith in Jesus transformed your life?
Children: Who in your family has helped you have faith in Jesus?

Readings

First Reading • The Fall

Genesis 3:9-15, 20 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

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Psalm

Psalms 98:1, 2-3, 3-4 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

Second Reading • The Father's Plan for Salvation

Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

Gospel • Announcement of the Birth of Jesus

Luke 1:26-38 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

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See: Mary, Mother of God

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

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Friday, December 11, 2020

Saturday, December 12, 2020

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Sunday, December 13, 2020

Key Passage

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation. (Isaiah 61:10)

Questions

Adults: What work of justice could you do this week to bring someone joy?
Children: What could you do for someone this week to make them happy?

Readings

First Reading • The Mission to the Afflicted

Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

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Psalm

Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

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Second Reading • Christian Conduct; Blessing

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

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Gospel • John as Witness to the Light

John 1:6-8, 19-28 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

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Monday, December 14, 2020

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Key Passage

Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:38)

Questions

Adults: How do you open your heart to what God wants for you? How do you follow the pathway that leads to happiness?
Children: Is there something hard you need to do this week? What might make it easier?

Readings

First Reading • The Lord's Promises to David

2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

Psalm

Psalms 89:2-3, 4-5, 27+29 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

Second Reading • Doxology

Romans 16:25-27 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

Gospel • The Annunciation of the Lord

Luke 1:26-38 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

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Monday, December 21, 2020

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Key Passage

Isaiah 9:5 (A child is born)

Questions

Adults: Why is knowing Jesus important in your life?
Children: How do you experience Jesus when you give a gift to someone else?

Readings

First Reading • The Prince of Peace

Isaiah 9:1-6 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

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Psalm

Psalms 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 11-12, 13 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

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Second Reading • Transforming of Life

Titus 2:11-14 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

Gospel • The Birth of Jesus

Luke 2:1-14 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

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Key Passage

Questions

Adults:
Children:

Readings

First Reading

Isaiah 62:1-5 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

Psalm

Psalms 89:4-5, 16-17, 27+29 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

Second Reading

Acts 13:16-17, 22-25 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

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Gospel

Matthew 1:1-25 or 1:18-25 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

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Friday, December 25, 2020

Key Passage

"His own did not accept him." (John 1:10–11)

Questions

Adults: If Jesus were to be born today, do you think you would accept him and follow him? Why or why not?
Children: What could you and your family do for others during the next week to celebrate the birth of Jesus?

Readings

First Reading • The One Who Brings Glad Tidings

Isaiah 52:7-10 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

Psalm

Psalms 98:1, 2-3a, 3b-4, 5-6 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

Second Reading • God Speaks Through His Son

Hebrews 1:1-6 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

Gospel • In the Beginning Was the Word

John 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-14 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

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Key Passage

Mary treasures these events in her heart. (Luke 2:19)

Questions

Adults: What will you do during this Christmas season to reflect in your heart, as Mary did, on God's gift of the Savior?
Children: What would you say to Jesus as you stand before the nativity scene in your church?

Readings

First Reading • Your Salvation Comes

Isaiah 62:11-12 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

Psalm

Psalms 97:1+6, 11-12 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

Second Reading • The Loving Kindness of God Our Savior Appeared

Titus 3:4-7 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

Gospel • The Birth of the Savior

Luke 2:15-20 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

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Saturday, December 26, 2020

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Sunday, December 27, 2020

Key Passage

"Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can. Just so," he added, "will your descendants be." (Gen 15:5)

Questions

Adults: What does your family do to honor and respect its oldest members?
Children: Who are the oldest people you know, and what can you learn from them?

Readings

First Reading • Promise of a Great Nation

Genesis 15:1-6; 21:1-3 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

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Psalm

Psalms 105:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

Second Reading • The Faith of Abraham

Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 17-19 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

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Gospel • The Presentation of the Lord

Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22, 39-40 (NRSVCE | GNT | MSG | NLT | NRSVACE)

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Monday, December 28, 2020

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

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    • St. Thomas Becket • Pass It Game • p.7-8
    • St. Thomas Becket • Pennant Banner • p.9-12
    • St. Thomas Becket • Sealed Message • p.13-16
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Thursday, December 31, 2020