Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 12:00am to 11:55pm MST

Luke 1:26-38

Luke 1:26-38 NIV

In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 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, and he will reign over Jacob's descendants forever; his kingdom will never end." "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail." "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May your word to me be fulfilled." Then the angel left her.

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“the Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” (v35).These words of the angel to Mary are profound. Mary had asked how she could give birth to this Christ child. The angel said this would happen by God’s power. It is interesting to note that all those who were directly involved with Christ’s birth experienced the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the source of power and creativity. Where the Holy Spirit is active there is power and good fruit. There are also new things, new beginnings. This would have been very comforting to Mary, she responds, “may it be to me as you have said…” (v38). Mary did not need to struggle to make this happen. She needed to be in a frame of heart to receive and cooperate. This is a good lesson to us in this season. We can ask God to open our hearts to receive His words, His promises, and His guidance. Pastor Sam

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• Pray through the prayer page in the bulletin. • Pray for Pastor Neil. Pray that God would restore his health during his medical leave. • Pray for Pastor Dan, our Adult Ministries Pastor. Pray for his family and the effectiveness of his ministry. • Pray for the ministry of the Mustard Seed Street Church. • Pray for these missionaries our church supports, Richard and Lori Barcelona, pastoring in San Luis, Mexico. • Pray for our Daycare in its service to children and their families this week. Pray for the director, Kristy Thomas.