Mary's Song (Cornerstone)
Dec 3, 2017 - Rev Paul Rasmussen
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- What do you see about God in Mary’s song that you might have overlooked before?
- Is there anything about this song that troubles you?
- How have you experienced God being mindful of you? How have you experienced his might? Are there ways you need his mercy right now? Spend a few moments in prayer telling God about these things.
How do you know when Christmas Season starts?
Is it the 1st of December? The Saturday after Thanksgiving?
Nobody announces that the Christmas season has begun. They just change the music in the stores and in the mall. The change of music indicates that Christmas is coming. This sermon series will take us back to the songs of the very first Christmas, which were heard before, during and after the birth of the baby who lies at the heart of Christmas. These songs aren’t meant to wash over us, but for them to change us. This is a playlist that helps us to prepare for Christmas properly, and to celebrate Christmas joyfully!
This week in Cornerstone, we looked at Track #1 on the playlist: Mary’s song. If you read the lyrics closely, you’ll see what the God of Christmas is like.
And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his offspring forever.” - Luke 1:46-55
There are three things we learn about the God of Christmas from Mary’s song:
- God is mindful. That literally means, “God sees me.”
- God is mighty. That means God is able! He is able to do great things!
- God is merciful. His mercies are new every morning. That means you are never too far from God to come home.
Lots of people struggle to believe in God. We think he’s distant or punitive, or disinterested in our lives. Join us for this series as a take a closer look at the God who revealed himself in Jesus at Christmas so many years ago. We think you’ll find him hard to resist.
During your First 15 this Advent season, download the Advent devotional and follow along!