First Sunday in Advent
Jesus is coming
Points to note
For this reading, I have chosen the first reading of Jeremiah instead of the Gospel reading for two reasons. First, the Gospel reading for the First Sunday in Advent last year in Year B is a parallel to this one and is therefore very similar. Secondly, the reading this year from Luke is more difficult than the reading from Mark last year. As it is, this passage is considered rather difficult, but this year’s reading is even darker and even more troubling.
The reading from Jeremiah is simpler and return to a simpler theme that Jesus is from the house of King David, and how the children to prepare to greet the coming of the king. Also, don’t forget that as you will be taking some time out before the reading to explain about Advent and the start of the liturgical calendar, there may be rather less time for the discussions itself after the reading.
As the Gospel is not read, the Acclamation is not sung.
Discuss with the children about the new season of the liturgical calendar that we are entering. This is available in the end panel of this leaflet & for a more complete explanation, at http://childrenlivingthesundayword.blogspot.com/2013/09/soundbites-about-advent-christmas.html.
A Reading from the book of Jeremiah
See, the days are coming – it is the Lord who speaks – when I am going to fulfil the promise I made to the House of Israel and the House of Judah:
‘In those days and at that time,
I will make a virtuous Branch grow for David,
who shall practise honesty and integrity in the land.
In those days Judah shall be saved
and Israel shall dwell in confidence.
And this is the name the city will be called:
This is the Gospel of the Lord
This discussion should be kept short as the bulk of the discussion takes place before the reading.