From Mary’s Song we understand the difference that the birth of Jesus makes; to us, and to the world.
On this, the fourth Sunday of Advent, Pastor Keith Griswold explores the passage from Luke 1:39-56.
We open today’s worship with the reading of Psalm 36:5-10.
Have you ever wondered… “Mary Did You Know?” a song by by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene.
Mary’s song paraphrases the Psalms, which, as a Jewish child, she would have memorized. There are at least fourteen different Psalms that lie behind or within the Song of Mary. Here are a few:
- Psalm 34:2-3
- Psalm 103:17
- Psalm 113
This song has none of the sweet, nostalgic, or even playful tones of some of our Christmas Carols. It is instead a hard, strong song about the power of God and the powerlessness of humankindDeitrich Bonhoeffer
Praise God for being personal
- Luke 1:46-49
- Luke 1:28 and 30
- Matthew 10:29-31
God’s involvement in the world
Praise God for making things right
- Luke 1:50-53
Praise God for keeping his promises
God’s involvement in our world; God’s involvement in our individual lives goes back to the promises God made to Abraham – promises made on the individual level, and promises made on the global level.
- Luke 1:54-55
- Genesis 12:2-3
- Galatians 3:29
We close today with a song which paraphrases Mary’s Psalm by John Alexander Wilson – Mary’s Song
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