Service Highlights or Announcements for this Sunday
It was so lovely to see those who attended Drive-thru Communion this past Sunday.
With the beginning of the Advent Season, we are blessed to have beautiful Christmas carols and instrumental by our talented musicians. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did recording it for you.
Come check out our virtual Gather(ing) via Zoom on Wednesdays at 7 pm. We would LOVE to see you there. Come ready to discuss our scripture passage and raise our voices in song! If you would like the Zoom link, please sign up here.
Reflection of the Week
Highlights of Worship: December 13th, 2020. We observe the Third Sunday of Advent by venturing into the home of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
During Advent this year, we will explore “Where We Find Hope.”
In our series on the Sites of Advent, we have thus far traveled to the temple, then to the wilderness, and next Sunday to the intimacy of the home of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Our message this Sunday, Joy at Home explores how a joyful outlook of faith begins close to home, regardless of the abundant reasons to despair we may see in the world around us.
Young Mary sets an example for us all, a confidence young people often convey, that anything is possible! The Angel Gabriel agrees, “all things are possible with God,” and invites us to envision, with Mary, the day when God’s justice reigns for all people of the earth.
We will focus on Luke 1:26-48, which you will find below.
See you Sunday!
Peace and Health,
Scripture Passages of the Week
The Birth of Jesus Foretold
In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.’ But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom, there will be no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be since I am a virgin?’ The angel said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.’ Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.
Mary Visits Elizabeth
In those days, Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leapt for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.’
Mary’s Song of Praise
And Mary said,
‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on, all generations will call me blessed;