Scripture Readings for Dec 24, 2019    (New Revised Standard Version)
Year A - Christmas Eve

Isaiah 9:2-7  •  Psalm 96  •  Titus 2:11-14  •  Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)

Isaiah 9:2-7
9:2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a
land of deep darkness on them light has shined.

9:3 You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before
you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder.

9:4 For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of
their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.

9:5 For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood
shall be burned as fuel for the fire.

9:6 For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his
shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.

9:7 His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the
throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with
righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of
hosts will do this.

Psalm 96
96:1 O sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.

96:2 Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.

96:3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples.

96:4 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be revered above all
gods.

96:5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.

96:6 Honor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

96:7 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and
strength.

96:8 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into
his courts.

96:9 Worship the LORD in holy splendor; tremble before him, all the earth.

96:10 Say among the nations, "The LORD is king! The world is firmly established; it
shall never be moved. He will judge the peoples with equity."

96:11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that
fills it;

96:12 let the field exult, and everything in it. Then shall all the trees of the forest
sing for joy

96:13 before the LORD; for he is coming, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will
judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with his truth.

Titus 2:11-14
2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all,

2:12 training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to
live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly,

2:13 while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our
great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

2:14 He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and
purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.

Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)
2:1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world
should be registered.

2:2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of
Syria.

2:3 All went to their own towns to be registered.

2:4 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of
David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of
David.

2:5 He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was
expecting a child.

2:6 While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.

2:7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and
laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

2:8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their
flock by night.

2:9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone
around them, and they were terrified.

2:10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see--I am bringing you good
news of great joy for all the people:

2:11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.

2:12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and
lying in a manger."

2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host,
praising God and saying,

2:14 "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he
favors!"

2:15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one
another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which
the Lord has made known to us."

2:16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the
manger.

2:17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child;

2:18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.

2:19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.

2:20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and
seen, as it had been told them.