Love 2018

The Song of Mary Magnificat

Luke 1:46-55

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; *
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From “On this, the fourth Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of love. Let us join Mary in praise to God for he has done great things for us. He has sent us the gift of love, his only begotten Son, that we might have eternal life.”

Scripture: December 9, 2018—Micah 5:2-5aHebrews 10:5-10Luke 1:39-45, (46-55); and Canticle 15 (or 3).

Collect: Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Reflection: Where do you see the light of Christ magnified in your person, your life, and the ways of your family and community? Notice in the coming week one time each day when the light of Christ is made present for you by others.

Sunday School—9 am on Sunday

Eye Candy: “Magnificat” by Jan Richardson; “Annunciation” by Jan van Eyck; “Annunciation” by Rene Magritte.

Ear Worm: “Magnificat” in many ways: a little country; by John Rutter; by J. S. Bach; by Douay (women’s voices, a capella); by John Michael Talbot, beautiful images.

Brain Food: “The story of Mary” by Mother Anne Emry; “You are highly favored“, a reflection by Rob McCoy;

Reflection on Advent 4: Candle of Love

We are born alone and we will ultimately die alone, but in between we desperately want to be known, to be understood, to belong, to find some kind of acceptance just as we are—some intimacy of soul. And so we reach out with fragile, delicate efforts of love.

But love is dangerous. We can hurt each other. Hearts can be broken. Rejection can come. If you try to belong, you can be excluded, and that can hurt more than being alone.

Love, and the vulnerability that comes with it, can be the riskiest business of all. But there is no love without such risks. Like hunger and thirst, the longing for love is implanted deeply within us, and God offers us many opportunities to care, to reach out, and to love.


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Movies/Videos: “The Annunciation” (2013), animated; “The Annunciation“, movie trailer; a guide to a number of movies about the annunciation.


Study guide; group activities.



: all ages: coloring page; puzzle;
young elementary: activity – one and two; bulletin games;
older elementary: activity – one and two; bulletin games.




No class, unless Ms. Edwina wants you to rehearse one last time. Stay after worship to enjoy the “Greening of the church” festivities.

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