The true meaning of Christmas is expressed in the sharing of one’s graces in a world in which it is so easy to become callous, insensitive, and hard. Once this spirit becomes part of [our life], every day is Christmas, and every night is freighted with anticipation of the dawning of fresh, and perhaps holy, adventure. ~Howard Thurman
Welcoming Guests and Announcements – Pastor Ross
Hymn Sing – Congregational Hymn Pick
Lighting of the Advent Candles – Brian & Jan Baker
Prayer Concerns – Pastor Ross
Pastoral Prayer – Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, Lord’s Prayer
Scripture Reading – Luke 1:26‐38 – Ernie Gutierrez
Message – The Lord is With You ‐ Paster Dave
Communion – Pastors Linda, Ross & Dave
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth,
27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
29 But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
31 And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.
32 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.
33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”
35 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.
36 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.
37 For nothing will be impossible with God.”
38 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.
We discover the joy and wonder that comes from making room for what really matters in Jesus’ birth. How we make room for the work & movement of God.
The angel’s message to Mary is a vital one for all of us: The Lord is with you…which allows people to do the unimaginable, the unexpected. It allows Mary to participate in God’s divine drama & bring the messiah into the world.
Because the Lord is with us we can make room in our lives for Christmas & have a different celebration & holiday. Because the Lord with us we can do what God asks of us, even when it is large.
Let us know what you would like to sing in Worship this summer!