Today’s Passage: Luke 1:46-55
Opening Prayer: Father God, we are humbled by who You are. We are grateful that You have chosen to lift us up and that You are merciful toward us. At all times, but especially at this time of the year, may we magnify You and Your purpose in the world. May others see Your son in and through us. May we recognize that in this broken world there is pain and suffering, as well as joy and wonder. Let us be sensitive to those who are challenged by life, particularly at Christmas time. May we touch those in our midst as Jesus would have done and point them to Him; the one born to be Lord and Savior of all. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, I pray these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Opening Song: [Official Video] Mary, Did You Know? – Pentatonix
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: “Gentle Mary, Meek and Mild?” by MaryAnn McKibben Dana
Popular preacher, author, and retreat leader MaryAnn McKibben Dana takes a second look at “Gentle Mary, meek and mild,” and finds some thunder in her voice. The words of the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) have very little gentleness, meekness, or mildness in them. They are words about the high and mighty being dragged from their thrones, while the hungry are filled with good things and the rich are sent away empty. Meek and mild? I think not. Good news for some people turns out to be bad news for others, and Mary knows it.
Closing Song: O come, O come, Emmanuel – (Piano/Cello) – The Piano Guys
Closing Prayer: Father God, we celebrate the birth of Your son, Jesus, and we anxiously await His return. Thank you for strengthening us for the journey here on earth and for preparing us for the journey throughout eternity. Eternal life is a gift we do not deserve, nor will we ever be able to repay. We are grateful You let us come to You, through the sacrificial work Jesus did upon the cross. May the Holy Spirit enable us to tell others how to receive Your precious free gift. May we also help others to see hope, through Jesus, the Christ. As we anxiously await the return of Jesus, I pray. Amen.