Mary's song of praise, the Magnificat, will be sung in place of the Psalm on Sunday. Mary, pregnant with the Messiah, sings, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God, my Savior." (Luke 1:46-47)
In what ways do you rejoice in the coming Savior? What has the Mighty One done in your life? Even in a world shaken by violence and injustice, God is present, working for our good. As Pastor Faulstich reminded us in her sermon last Sunday, "Our God is never a distant deity, but God with us, Emmanuel, intimately and always. God is in the midst of us. God is present for our rejoicing. God is present in our pain."
As we approach the end of the calendar year and celebrate Advent and Christmas, take some time to reflect on how God has blessed you. And consider responding with a special Thankoffering. (If you make your Advent Thankoffering online please type "Thankoffering" in the box marked "Other.")
For Sunday School families
There is no regular Sunday School this Sunday. However, there is Christmas Eve practice Sunday morning for children in Grades 1-4. Meet in the Commons. Children should also come to practice on Friday morning, Dec. 21, if possible. Rehearsal for the 4:15 service is from 8:40 to 9:50, and for the 6:00 service from 9:50 to 11:00. These run-throughs are the best way to prepare all the children for what they will actually experience on Christmas Eve. We want them to feel prepared and comfortable.