Sunday, November 28, 2010

Daily Advent Readings

About a month ago my friend Susann issued a challenge to read the Gospel of John, one chapter a day, starting 21 days before the First Sunday of Advent.

Many of our Facebook friends signed on for the journey! I decided to keep the ball rolling, and came up with a reading schedule for Advent that will take us through Dec. 24.

The focus is on the minor prophets of Hosea, Joel, Amos, and Obadiah.

One chapter a day, starting today. I post the reading each day on my Facebook profile. You can send a friend request here. Please leave the a comment in the friend request that says "I read your blog" or something to that effect so I can know the connection I have with you.

Other options: you can join the Facebook "event" here, or you can just follow along in your home.

Here is the schedule, day by day.

November 28: Hosea 1
November 29: Hosea 2
November 30: Hosea 3
December 1: Hosea 4
December 2: Hosea 5
December 3: Hosea 6
December 4: Hosea 7
December 5: Hosea 8
December 6: Hosea 9
December 7: Hosea 10
December 8: Hosea 11
December 9: Hosea 12
December 10: Hosea 13
December 11: Hosea 14
December 12: Joel 1
December 13: Joel 2
December 14: Joel 3
December 15: Amos 1
December 16: Amos 2
December 17: Amos 3
December 18: Amos 4
December 19: Amos 5
December 20: Amos 6
December 21: Amos 7
December 22: Amos 8
December 23: Amos 9
December 24: Obadiah - the entire book! ;)

The Facebook "event" is open to anyone with a facebook profile, you do not need an invitation. You can just sign up!

To get us started, here is a video of three settings of Nun komm der heiden Heiland.


Savior of the nations, come;
Virgin’s Son, here make Thy home!
Marvel now, O heaven and earth,
That the Lord chose such a birth.

Not by human flesh and blood;
By the Spirit of our God
Was the Word of God made flesh,
Woman’s offspring, pure and fresh.

Wondrous birth! O wondrous Child
Of the virgin undefiled!
Though by all the world disowned,
Still to be in heaven enthroned.

From the Father forth He came
And returneth to the same,
Captive leading death and hell
High the song of triumph swell!

Thou, the Father’s only Son,
Hast over sin the victory won.
Boundless shall Thy kingdom be;
When shall we its glories see?

Brightly doth Thy manger shine,
Glorious is its light divine.
Let not sin o’ercloud this light;
Ever be our faith thus bright.

Praise to God the Father sing,
Praise to God the Son, our King,
Praise to God the Spirit be
Ever and eternally.

Special thanks to The Cyber Hymnal for these lyrics, which are in public domain.


  1. Do you still have any information on Concordia's Lutheran translation of Biebl's Ave Maria? Would like to perform it at church, but it won't fly with the original text (for the reasons you highlighted above).

  2. Hey, Mills! Thank you for your comment. You can contact Kantor Henry Gerike at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, for information on his setting of Biebl's Ave Maria.

    I don't see him on Facebook, but a call to the Seminary will be a good place to start. Their website is


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