Fourth Sunday of Advent
- Jesus, the perfect Son of David and of God
- You, adopted as a child of God by faith in him
SERMON TEXT: Matthew 1:1 (EHV)
A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
FIRST LESSON: Isaiah 12:1-6
In that day you will say, “I will give thanks to you, LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger has turned away, and you comfort me.” Surely God is my salvation. I will trust and will not be afraid; for the LORD Yahweh is my strength and song, and he has become my salvation.” Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. In that day you will say: “Give thanks to the LORD! Proclaim his name Declare his deeds among the peoples. Proclaim that his name is exalted! Sing to the LORD, for he has done amazing things! Let this be known in all the earth! Shout aloud and sing for joy, daughter of Zion, for the Holy One of Israel is great among you!”
SECOND LESSON: Philippians 4:4-7
Rejoice in the Lord always! I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
VERSE OF THE DAY: Luke 2:11
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
GOSPEL: Luke 1:46-55
Then Mary said, My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior, because he has looked with favor on the humble state of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed, because the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm. He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones. He has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, but the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the aid of his servant Israel, remembering his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and his offspring forever.