Getting into God's Word

Weekly Devotionals

Written by Pastor Tim Swenson

Weekly Readings

November 28 First Sunday of Advent

The Common Thread

God of righteousness, you are ever-faithful to your promises to your people. Strengthen our hearts and transform our lives so that we might always be prepared for the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen. (

Jeremiah 33:14-26

Psalm 25:1-10

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

Luke 21:25-36

December 5 2nd Sunday in Advent

The Common Thread

Troubles are a part of life. Stuff happens. But in the midst of every storm, God is present. His love brings us peace and real quiet. Even in the storms of sin and the disquiet they bring, God brings still peace through his forgiveness. His salvation is near to sinners who fear, love, and trust him. So, we need not be anxious about anything, but may rest in the peace that passes all understanding, the peace that comes through a knowledge of Christ Jesus. As great as John the Baptist was, in the midst of his troubles, Jesus needed only to remind him of who he is.  (

Malachi 3:1-7b

Psalm 66:1-12

Philippians 1:2-11

Luke 3:1-14, 15-20

December 12 3rd Sunday of Advent

Common Thread

“The seal of the living God” marks the 144,000, that countless multitude whom the Lamb has saved by washing in his blood. God gives these humble folk, the poor in spirit who have admitted their need of a Savior, the salvation they could never earn or deserve. Through baptism into the life of Christ our brother, God gives us new life and calls us his children. Even more, when we see him in his appearing, we shall become like him in glory. Blessed are the saints, for whom God has given his kingdom. (

Zephaniah 3:14-20

Psalm 85:14-20

Philippians 4:4-7

Luke 7:18-28, 29-35

December 19 4th Sunday of Advent

The Common Thread

People of faith discard feelings, favoring instead, the promises of God, whether it feels true or not. God is present with us, even when he seems hidden. But only faith can apprehend this mystery. Doing things—from sacrifices to other forms of piety—are not good for controlling these feelings of hopelessness. Only faith in the promised one of old, the one who has come to do God's will, who died for our sin, will do. He is the blessed fruit of Mary's womb, the one who makes our souls to sing. (

Micah 5:2-5a

Psalm 80:1-7

Hebrews 10:5-10

Luke 1:39-45, 46-56

December 24 Christmas Eve

The Common Thread

The expectation of a child is always a reason for hope. Oh, but this child is promised to be extra special: he will be the ruler of an eternal kingdom. He brings salvation with him, the gifts of glory, light, and redemption wrapped in baby clothes and lain in a feed bin. He is the long-awaited sign that God is really with us. (

Isaiah 9:2-7

Psalm 96:1-13

Titus 2:11-14

Luke 2:1-14, 15-20

December 25 Christmas

Common Thread

God of majesty, open our eyes to see the light of your presence in the world around us revealed through the birth of your Son, Jesus, who took on our human existence. Sustain us through the Word made flesh so that in these last days we might be your body in the world; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord; who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen. (

Isiah 52:7-10

Psalm 2:1-12

Hebrews 1:1-6, 7-12

John 1:1-14, 15-18

December 26 1st Sunday of Christmas

Common Thread

It was the strong hand of God that brought us out of slavery to sin and death. He sent redemption through his Christ because we could never deliver ourselves. It is finished, so the peace of Christ may now rule our hearts. As the word of Christ inhabits the Church, we mature spiritually and learn to be thankful to God. For, like Simeon, we have seen his salvation.

Exodus 13:1-3a, 11-15

Psalm 111:1-10

Colossians 3:12-17

Luke 2:22-40