Advent – daily readings

Advent – daily readings

Advent is a season of preparation and waiting for the celebration of Jesus’ birth at Christmas and his second-coming.

Throughout this season, I want to invite you to follow the reading plan below (based on an idea by The Advent Project). If you’re anything like me then you’ll need a catch-up day or space to rest, so do note that Sunday readings are optional! We begin on Monday 29th November and conclude on Saturday 25th December.

The aim is simply to consider what jumps out at you and why? How does it relate to Christ? Don’t worry if your observation seems obvious; noticing and responding is the key. Then as you have time, I’d love you to post a comment below (scroll down) sharing what God’s been saying to you as you’ve reflected each day/throughout the week. You will be able to offer encouragement to others and reflect on what they say by clicking REPLY next to their comment. As always, be respectful and encouraging in all you write.

I look forward to spending time reading together through Advent as we intentionally slow down each day—waiting in anticipation for both Christmas Day and the Lord’s return.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
– Romans 15:13

Week 1 ProphecyWeek 2 Christ’s ReturnWeek 3 ForwardWeek 4 He’s here!
29th – Deuteronomy 18:15-196th – Isaiah 61:1-413th – 2 Peter 3:3-1320th – John 1:1-18
30th – Isaiah 2:2-57th – Galatians 4:4-614th – Mark 14:60-6521st – Luke 1:5-25
1st – Isaiah 9:2-78th – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-1815th – Jeremiah 33:14-1722nd – Luke 1:26-38
2nd – Isaiah 11:1-99th – 1 Thessalonians 5:1-1116th – Micah 5:2-523rd – Luke 1:39-56
3rd – Isaiah 39:5-40:1110th – 1 Corinthians 15:20-2817th – Ezekiel 34:11-3124th – Matthew 1:18-25
4th – Isaiah 52:1-1211th – Colossians 1:15-2018th – Zechariah 8:1-825th – Luke 2:1-40
5th – REST or         
Romans 13:11-14
12th – REST or           
Romans 15:4-13
19th – REST or           
Isaiah 7:10-17
Reading Plan – Advent 2021 (updated)


  1. Margaret Parkins

    Zechariah disbelieved the words of the angel,
    BUT Mary did not question the message of the angel, accepting her calling.

  2. Carolyn Thomas

    This is only the second time I have posted a message but I have joined in the readings every single evening. They have been a very special part of my Advent adventure. It has been so good to read the familiar verses in their context and to bring those verses alive. Thank you Kevin, and may your Sabbatical refresh and renew you. God bless you, Joy and the children. Happy Christmas!

  3. Kevin Johnson

    Matt 1:20 – this is a helpful reminder that even when we’ve weighed up our decisions, the Lord may have a different plan that can have consequences we can’t imagine! Loving God, make me open to hearing your voice.

  4. Margaret Parkins

    The priest Zechariah did not believe the words of the angel of God,
    quite understandably really, but God made him mute.

  5. Kevin Johnson

    Lk 1:25 – Today, with all the certainty I can muster, I say of Christ: “the Lord has done this for me.” Praise be to Immanuel, my King.

  6. Kevin Johnson

    Ez 34:23 How amazing is God’s grace and his promise to us. “I will give them a king like my servant David to be their one shepherd, and he will take care of them.”

  7. Margaret Parkins

    Mark 14 v 61
    “”But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.””
    I am sure that I could not remain silent when wrongly accused of something

  8. Margaret Parkins

    2 peter 3 8 “”But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.””
    It seems to me that this puts the concerns over evolution etc. to bed.

  9. Margaret Parkins

    Col 1 “The Son is the image of the invisible God”, as we look to Jesus we are seeing God the Father.

  10. Tom Prendergast

    The last couple of years have been very tough for all of us.
    I myself, have felt drained at times and a little down, physically, mentally and spiritually.
    The readings of the last 2 weeks have lifted me spiritually, made me feel better and to remind to focus of the meaning of Christmas, all year round – not just for Christmas, mankind was given hope & joy by the birth of a child.

    • Margaret Parkins

      I listened this evening to Bishop Stephen Cottrell talking about Advent and he touched on these thoughts.( A link with St Paul’s cathedral)

  11. Kevin Johnson

    Is 61:3 – ‘And God will be praised for all he has done’ – All these amazing proclamations point towards this verse. As a follower of Jesus I see how all glory goes to the Father both for the initiative and result. Is that my aspiration in every situation? Lord, guard my heart from being tempted to ‘steal’ the real reason for Christmas and make it about me.

  12. Kevin Johnson

    Is 52:6 – I love the confidence of God’s word and the freedom he allows his people. As we await Jesus’ return may we have the same trust in his reign

  13. Margaret Parkins

    Such a great promise:-
    “for the Lord will go before you,
    the God of Israel will be your rear guard.”

  14. Margaret Parkins

    A powerful Sovereign Lord but who gently leads those with young.
    Lots of Messiah to hum today too.

  15. Kevin Johnson

    Is 9:6 – Christ’s incarnation reminds me that the world rests on His shoulders and not mine — “It is well with my soul”.

  16. Margaret Parkins

    Reading this scripture as I went to sleep last night I am now going to be humming the parts from the Messiah today—“How beautiful are the feet of Him—” and “For unto us a child is born—-“. It also happens to be one of our children’s birthday today!

  17. Margaret Parkins

    Amazing to realise that Moses was told about Christ’s coming!

    I have decided to read the portion of scripture at bedtime, then as my thoughts wander about in the night I can reinforce what I have read, it seems to be helpful.

  18. Kevin Johnson

    Deut 18:16 – It always astounds me how God listens to us and works with us; what a privilege. And what an act of love that he would still choose to have a relationship with us knowing us fully as we are!

  19. Carolyn Thomas

    Thank you Kevin for putting this together. I am sure God will bless us all as we read through these passages during advent.

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