Devotions and prayers suggested for daily meditation and prayer


2019 Advent Devotional — Straw for the Manger

During this holy season of Advent, we are invited to pray and contemplate as we remember Jesus’ command epitomized by Matthew 25:31–46 to love one another and care for the “least of these” — our brothers and sisters who are hungry, thirsty, alone and otherwise burdened or suffering.

This year’s devotional from Presbyterians Today is very special. The Rev. Sherry Blackman, a Presbyterian pastor, chaplain and award-winning writer and poet, challenges us to fill our days of Advent with simple, practical and loving deeds that help our neighbors — calling each act of kindness a “piece of straw” for the manger to make a soft bed for the Christ child when he arrives on Christmas.

Each day of the devotional features a Scripture excerpt, meditation and prayer to deepen the Advent experience. Each week also features a space for journaling — perhaps a place where you can jot down your good deeds for the coming week.

Straw for the Manger is perfect for congregations, families and individuals.

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Lectionary readings

Lectionary readings provide a disciplined way to read through the Bible. These readings are available for both lectionary cycles—daily readings and Sunday/Festival readings.

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Printable lectionary lists. Month-by-month lectionary readings (daily and Sunday/Festival), full year lists, plus readings for the Seasons of Advent and Lent.

Read the lectionary online. Two lectionary options are provided on our website: the two-year Daily Lectionary from the Book of Common Worship (BCW) and the three-year Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) for Sundays and Festivals.

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Mission Yearbook

Read today’s Mission Yearbook story about mission and ministry and find previous and future readings.

Sermon Illustrations, Mission Stories

Explore mission-based connections to the Revised Common Lectionary for special days and seasons with lectionary-based stories from PC(USA) mission co-workers. Each one illustrates a New Testament reading.

These Days: Daily Devotions for Living by Faith

A quarterly magazine featuring daily meditations and devotions written by clergy and lay leaders that continues to be the source of comfort and hope throughout the world. Learn more about These Days.

A Year with the Bible

This handy pocket-sized book is ideal for personal study. Daily Bible reading, prayers and Scripture passages are brought together for use throughout the entire calendar year. Learn more about A Year with the Bible.

Get the Daily Prayer app

The Daily Prayer app provides simple, yet rich devotional resources for morning, midday, evening, and close of day. Each service includes psalms and readings from the confessions. Other elements include opening and closing words, biblical canticles, a thanksgiving for light and a prayer of confession. An advanced features menu allows users to customize which elements appear. The app is available for both iPhone and Android devices.

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