Birth of Jesus Foretold
 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,  to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.  And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”  But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.  And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.  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 father David,  and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”  And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”  And the angel answered 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 called holy—the Son of God.  And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.  For nothing will be impossible with God.”  And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. (ESV)
One of our Advent traditions is having families read the sermon text both in English and in a different language. This week, Ron and Sarah Schoof read Luke 1:26-38 in English and Swahili at the 8 am service. Antoinette Yabeny, and the Easley Family read in English and Navajo 9:30 am service. The Tomada family read the text in English and Tagalog at the 11 am service.
Call to Worship
 I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
 My soul makes its boast in the LORD;
let the humble hear and be glad.
 Oh, magnify the LORD with me,
and let us exalt his name together!
 I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
 Those who look to him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
 The angel of the LORD encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! (ESV)
Prayer of Repentance
Gracious Lord, you alone are righteous and holy, and in your presence, no one can stand. Your gracious mercy is our only hope and we ask for your forgiveness. We pray for your cleansing touch to wash away our corruption, clothe us in righteousness, and for your hands to rework our lives anew. We pray these things in Jesus Christ's holy name. Amen.
Heavenly Father, in Your great wisdom, Jesus humbled Himself to be born in the likeness of men. He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death on a cross. Yet You have highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name. May we ponder the greatness of His virgin birth. May we be at wonder with Your plan to save sinners. May we praise You for the love that has been shown to us in Jesus Christ. It is in His name we pray, Amen.
Weekly Discipleship Resources
Weekly Discipleship Resources are tools for families to use to help connect Sunday’s sermon to the rest of your week, fostering conversations and habits of worship.