December 14, 2014 – He has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant

Isaiah 61:1-4 The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to provide for those who mourn in Zion— to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display his glory. They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. Luke 1:39-45 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 leaped 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 leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.” Luke 1:46-56 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.” And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home. *** Advent 3   December 14, 2014   Psalm 85, Isaiah 61:1-4, Luke 1:39-56 He has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant ************************** The Spirit of the Lord God has anointed the prophet Isaiah to proclaim good news for the lowly, the brokenhearted, oppressed, and imprisoned. The year of the Lord’s favor for all. The year of the Lord’s favor is a reference to the biblical year of Jubilee (Leviticus 25), in which debts are canceled, slaves are freed, land lost due to debt is returned… And the world starts all over again for God’s people. A clean start, by the power of God’s word… Later Jesus quotes these same words from Isaiah – saying he is the living embodiment of these words – making the prophet’s message now his own mission...

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Week of December 14, 2014 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Dec. 14th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Wrap & Tag Party 3:00 PM Saints & Singers Chorus Concert Monday, Dec. 15th: 6:00 PM Finance Committee 7:00 PM Church Council Thursday, Dec. 18th: 1:00 PM Bible Study @ Bourne Sunday, Dec. 21st: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Our Family to Family Christmas: We are sponsoring two small families-a 6 yr. old girl and her grandparents, (the grandma is undergoing chemo and radiation for brain and lung cancer) and an 11 yr. old girl and 16 yr. old boy who are in the care of their aunt. Thank you to everyone who has taken gift tickets and offered to get groceries. All the gift tickets were passed out on November 23rd. We will wrap and tag everything today after worship. SAINTS AND SINGERS CHORUS CONCERT: The Saints and Singers Chorus is having their Christmas concert today here at Bourne UMC, at 3:00pm. CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES: In addition to our traditional service at 9:00pm on Christmas Eve, this year we will be adding a Family Service here at Bourne at 4:00pm. Please join us for either of our Christmas Eve services on Tuesday, Dec. 24th.  ...

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