Lessons and Prayer: The 4th Sunday of Advent (12/23/2018)


Micah 5:2-5a
St. Luke 1:46b-55 (52)
or Psalm 80:1-7 (7)
Hebrews 10:5-10
St. Luke 1:39-45 [46-55]

Prayer of the Day

Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that binds us, that we may receive you in joy and serve you always, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Text for This Sunday

39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43 And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44 For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.” 

46 And Mary said, 
“My soul magnifies the Lord, 
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 
48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. 
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me, 
and holy is his name. 
50 His mercy is for those who fear him 
from generation to generation. 
51 He has shown strength with his arm; 
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 
52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, 
and lifted up the lowly; 
53 he has filled the hungry with good things, 
and sent the rich away empty. 
54 He has helped his servant Israel, 
in remembrance of his mercy, 
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors, 
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

St. Luke 1:39-45 [46-55], New Revised Standard Version Bible ©1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.

A devotional message based on this text will be posted by Tuesday evening.