12-20-2020: “Guess what, Mary?”

December 20, 2020

(4th Suday of Advent)

~ WE GATHER IN GOD’S NAME ~

Greeting

Call to Worship: (Responsively)

Pastor: We open our arms to the Christ of cradle and cross.

People: In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, our souls proclaim the

greatness of the Lord.

Pastor: Christ was born of Mary to die and rise for our salvation.

People: From Bethlehem has come the one who has empowered us to lift up the

lowly.

Pastor: “I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever:

People: With my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.” Amen.

~ WE GIVE ADORATION & CONFESSION TO GOD ~

Prayer of Adoration

Confession and Words of Assurance

Eternal God, generation after generation you prepared a way in our world for the coming of your Son, and by your Spirit you still bring the light of the Gospel to darkened lives. We confess that the pain and suffering of the world often outweigh our faith that your grace can heal the world. Open our hearts, Lord, with the hope of the prophets, that we might welcome the coming of Emmanuel. may we rejoice in your salvation, and in your Holy name. Amen.

~ WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD ~

Prayer for Illumination

Lesson from the Major Prophets of the Old Testament: Isaiah 9:2-7

“The Word of our God;” “Thanks Be to God.”

Lesson from the Gospels: Luke 1:26-38

“The Gospel of the Lord,” “Praise to You, O Christ”

Sermon: “Guess What, Mary?”

  • Affirmation of Faith – “The Apostle’s Creed”

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; The holy catholic church; The Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the Body, And the Life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

~ WE GIVE THANKS TO GOD ~

Presentation of Gifts & Offerings

Prayer of Dedication

~ WE GO AND SERVE IN GOD’S NAME ~

  • Charge and Benediction

“Guess What, Mary?”

Luke 1:26-38

Summary: The actions of Mary in Luke 1:26-38 teach us how to respond to God’s word.

I. Introduction.

II. Everyone is Usable by God If They Trust Him.

  1. Don’t Be Surprised When God Surprises You (1:26-33).

B. Mary’s Reaction.

C. God Loves to Use the Ordinary for Extraordinary Things.

II. Absolutely Nothing Is Too Hard for God (1:34-37).

III. God Will Stop at Nothing to Accomplish His Will in Us (1:38).

A. Our God Ain’t Ordinary.

B. God’s Plan.

IV. Conclusion.