Evangelectionary for Sunday, December 23, 2018 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

AnnunciationLectionary (Year C):  Micah 5:2-5a; Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 80:1-7; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)

Theme: Mary’s song of praise to God for the honored bestowed on her

Message: “God’s Choice; Mary’s Song”

Two observations from this song of Mary:

1)      He will be great

In the course of history the world has seen many great leaders, but the great of the world have come and gone. Though they may have been great in their time, they have no power or strength to give us today.  On the other hand, Jesus was not only great, but He is great! He is great in his love, great in his salvation, great in his power and his strength which He continues to give to His people.  Hallelujah, What a Savior!

2)      Of his kingdom there will be no end

In the midst of all the changes of human experience we can be sure of only one thing: that Jesus Christ’s kingdom is forever.  Our lives will someday come to an end, our work will be done, our churches will cease to exist, our civilization will end.  But of one thing we can be sure, His Kingdom will not end, and everything we do for His kingdom will go on forever.


“The prophet Micah and the apostle Luke both went out of their way to emphasize the humble beginnings of the Messiah.  Bethlehem is “small among the clans of Judah” (Micah 5:2), but  from this humble town will come the one whose “origins are from of old.”  While in the    nondescript village, Mary emphasizes that despite her “lowliness,” she has given birth to the One who will bring God’s mercy to generation after generation (v. 50).  In our age of celebrities, superstars, moguls, heroes, dictators, idols, and trend-setters, let us not forget that it is often   the quiet people from Timbuktu who are being used by God to do the finest and the most enduring of God’s work on earth.”  Leroy Koopman


For Israel there were many changes through the centuries.  David came and David went. Solomon in all his glory did not last.  The nation went into exile, but that, too ended after some     time.  And at the time of Gabriel’s message Israel was under the heel of Rome and under the occupation of Roman troops.  Nations come and nations go, but of this one thing we can be certain: of His kingdom there will be no end.


Hymns: “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus,” “What Child is This,” “I Wonder as I Wander,” “Once in Royal David’s City”

Other Music: “Mary’s Song: The Magnificat”


Opening Prayer:

O Come, O Dayspring, come, and cheer our spirits by your advent here; O drive away the shades of night and pierce the clouds and bring us light.

Prayer of Intercession:

We pray today for those who are in various ways seeking to fulfill the promise of the angels at Bethlehem to bring peace and good will.

We pray for those diplomats who are truly trying to foster peace among antagonistic nations.

We pray for those residents who are seeking peace in their neighborhoods.

We pray for those family members who are seeking peace in tense family situations.

We pray for husbands and wives who are trying to heal their relationship.

We pray for those members who are seeking peace amid differences in faith and practice in the church of Jesus Christ.

We pray for those members of organizations who are seeking to heal rifts in their clubs and  organizations.

Benediction: May your Christmas songs be songs of the King.  May your Christmas expectations be for the coming of Christ.  May your Christmas preparation be the preparation of the soul.  May your Christmas story be the story of Jesus.  Amen


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