A big thank you to all involved in the Carol Service yesterday! Coming up this week:
Christmas Eve Communion – 11.30pm
Christmas Day – 10.30am
Reading: Luke 1:26-33
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants for ever; his kingdom will never end.’
Thought for Reflection: This is the announcement of a coming coronation! A King is about to take his throne, and what a throne it is. A descendent of David he will be called the ‘Son of the Most High’ and he will given the throne of David, from which he will rule for ever! Can you imagine the preparation that will take place, the pomp and ceremony to come? Surely this will be a most glamorous affair… but wait, Mary? Joseph? The Israeli ‘Mr and Mrs John Smith’ from the backwater of Nazareth? Something doesn’t quite fit…
Prayer: How can it be that the Son of God could be born as one of us? Praise God for his willingness to not just rule over us but walk amongst us as one of us.