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 humankind

Deitrich 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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