December 15, 2013- Third Sunday of Advent

Luke 1:46-55 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 are in awe of 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.” *** Advent 3  (Psalm 80, Isaiah 35, Luke 1:57-66)  Luke 1:46-55    What child is this? ******************************** What child is this? Who, from within her womb, causes his mother to sing – My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior… Mary sings – and the story of our salvation begins to unfold, with a song, breaking forth, interrupting the flow of time… revealing the nature of God our Savior…. in Christ the Son of God, son of Mary… What child is this? Whose song is sung by his mother before his birth… A young-not-yet-married-mother-to-be who has accepted an angel’s word in faith – now, sings her song of praise, early in pregnancy – telling of God’s promises already fulfilled…. Singing “he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant… “ “He has done great things for me and holy is his name…” “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…” Singing of what God has already done… long before its revealed to the rest of us… Somewhere in the home of her relative, Elizabeth, wife of Zechariah the priest,  where Mary’s come to visit – she sings this song we now call the Magnificat – named after it’s beginning phrase, ‘my soul magnifies the Lord…’ Singing a foretaste of the message the child in her womb will preach as a grown man. A song rooted and grounded in the scriptures of Israel… recalling the psalms, all of which were sung, and the songs of Moses and Miriam in Exodus, the songs of Judith and Deborah, and most of all Hannah’s song in the book of Samuel… Biblical songs and psalms of old… Songs that tell what can’t be said sufficiently… with words alone… What child is this – whose birth song speaks of radically-upside-down-changes – the powerful brought down from their thrones,  the lowly lifted-up – the hungry filled with good things, the rich sent away empty? A song of revolutionary changes in the world as we know it – starting with fervent praise of God – framed by recollections of God’s generous mercies – with God’s steadfast love and faithful...

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Announcements Week of December 15, 2013 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Dec 15th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School, Wrap & Tag Party after worship 3:00 PM Saints & Singers Concert Monday, Dec 16th: 12:30 PM UMW Christmas Potluck Lunch 6:00 PM Finance Committee Meeting 7:00 PM Church Council Meeting Thursday, Dec 19th: 7:00 PM Gallo Ice Skating Group Sunday, Dec 22nd: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School FAMILY TO FAMILY PROJECT: We will have a wrap and tag party immediately after church today day. Plan to stay and help out! THE SAINTS AND SINGERS CHORUS is having their Christmas concert here at BUMC today at 3:00pm. The program is “Everlasting Light: A Christmas Carol for a Dark World.” THE UMW WILL HAVE THEIR CHRISTMAS POTLUCK tomorrow, Monday, Dec. 16th at 12:30pm. Bring a dish to share and your favorite crèche! BIBLE STUDY WILL BE TAKING A WINTER BREAK until January 8th. No Bible study this week, next week, and the first week of January. MAILING LIST: If you are not on our mailing list (email or hard copy) to receive newsletters, and other church news, please fill out a card in Crain Hall. Also,  if your address has changed, please let us know! CONTRA DANCE: On December 28, our 4th Saturday Bourne Contra features caller Linda Leslie and music by The French Connection. Join us and welcome the new year in friendly dance community. From 8 pm to 11 pm. No experience necessary; dancers change partners after most dances. OUR CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE will be on Tuesday, December 24th, at 9:00pm, here at Bourne UMC. HOPE YOU CAN HELP… Christmas decorations come down after worship and coffee hour on January 5, 2014. After they are packed, we will be providing a light meal. We would appreciate any help with this task. Thank You, The Worship Committee  ...

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