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, favored 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 favor 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 to him the throne of his ancestor David
From sermon4kids.com: “This year, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let us, like Mary, answer God’s call. “I am the Lord’s servant, Let it be with me just as you have said.”
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Scripture: December 17, 2017—Third Sunday of Advent—Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16–24; Psalm 126; John 1:6–8, 19–28
Collect: Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Reflection: John 1:6–8, 19–28 reminds us that we are not the light, but with John we are called to testify as witnesses to the light, who is Jesus Christ. The verb “to bear witness” occurs thirty-three times in the Fourth Gospel! How can you bear witness, in this season of lights, to the true Light who has come into the world?
Sunday School 9:15 am—Have you claimed your place yet?
Brain Food: If I were alone in the desert and feeling afraid, / I would want a child to be with me. / For then my fear would disappear and I would be made strong. / This is what life in itself can do because it is so noble, so full of pleasure and so powerful. / But if I could not have a child with me,
I would like to have at least a living animal at my side to comfort me. / Therefore, / let those who bring about wonderful things in their big, dark books take an animal – perhaps a dog – to help them. / The life within the animal will give strength in turn. / For equality gives strength in all things and at all times. ~Meister Eckhart
“Those mourning in Zion would possess new symbols of their status replacing the old symbols: flower garlands rather than ashes, oil to soothe the skin rather than mourning, mantles to wear rather than a fainting spirit. The consequences for those blessed would be a new status: they would be a new planting for a new day. In turn, the new status would bring a new task—the rebuilding of the cities and the restoration of the ruins to remove the results of years of devastation.” ~John Hayes
“Surprised by joy” by Steven Goodier
What are the symbols of Advent? Answers to this and more!