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Magnification -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:
Blessed you are -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Teachers: Before class, ask if each child can bring a baby picture or another picture that can be us
Believing the promise -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Teachers or Parents: People break their promises; God doesn't! We
"Blessed!" -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Teachers or Parents: Today's lesson talks about
Best friends -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Teachers: For this exercise you will need magazines to cut
Best friends -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Teachers: For this exercise you will need magazines to cut

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Children's Activity Bulletin -- Luke 1:39-45 -- Ages 8-10 -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C

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Children's Activity Bulletin -- Luke 1:39-45 -- Ages 5-7 -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C

Commentary

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Promises Kept -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55), Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10 -- David Coffin -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2021
The 1989 Christmas Vacation movie features Clark Griswold, his wife Ellen and two children
Then and Now -- Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Frank Ramirez -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
“Current Events” can be very significant at the time they happen, but they can change and/or grow in
Born a child and yet a king -- Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Wayne Brouwer -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
One morning in 1872, David Livingstone wrote this in his diary: “March 19, my birthday.
Looking for a king in a democratic age -- Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Wayne Brouwer -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
One morning in 1872, David Livingstone wrote this in his diary: “March 19, my birthday.
The Christmas crisis -- Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55), Luke 1:47-55 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
This Sunday, more than most, the heat is on to get the meaning right, hit our stride, and
The Christmas visitor -- Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- David Kalas -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B -- 2003
If some visitor from another part of the universe came to Earth during the Christmas season, I wonde
Fresh hope -- Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
As we enter into the last week of the year, it is customary for the media to recap the highlights of
The best is yet to come -- Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
The concept of pregnancy lends itself rather naturally to metaphorical usage.
Ultimately! -- Psalm 80:1-7, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
One of the little books that ought to be required reading for every Christian is The Will of God
Christmas Comes All the Time -- Micah 5:2-5a, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55), Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Probably the worst thing we do at Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Christ.

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Children's Activity Bulletin -- Luke 1:39-45 -- Ages 8-10 -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C

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Children's Activity Bulletin -- Luke 1:39-45 -- Ages 5-7 -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C

Children's Liturgy and Story

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Jasmine's Special Christmas Present -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Janice B. Scott -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Call to Worship:

Children's sermon

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God's Surprises! Part 4 -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- John Jamison -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2021
At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where s
Mother's Day -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Arley K. Fadness -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
“...blessed are you among women...” (V. 42b)
Mary, Jesus' Mother -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
The Point: We are blessed when we believe that God has made us his children
Making Room -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Anna Shirey -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
First Thoughts
Magnification -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord." (v. 46)
Blessed are you -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
(A mother or a pregnant woman might be effective giving the message)
Believing the promise -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Good morning! Here is an ad for ______________ that is
Blessed! -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Christmas is coming soon and what a happy time of the year
Mary's song of praise -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Good morning, boys and girls. Have you ever felt so happy that
Mary's song of praise -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Good morning, boys and girls. Have you ever felt so happy that

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Redirect Our Longing? -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55), Luke 1:46b-55, Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Psalm 80:1-7 -- Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Katy Stenta, Quantisha Mason-Doll -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2021
For December 19, 2021:
All I Want for Christmas is You -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55), Luke 1:46b-55, Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
For December 23, 2018:
The Mother -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Carter Shelley -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Dear Fellow Pastor,
The Hope For Peace -- Luke 1:47-55, Hebrews 10:5-10, Micah 5:2-5a, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Hope is all around us this time of year.

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What Can God Do? -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Brett Blair, Tim Carpenter -- 2000
Exegetical Aim: God can do some awesome things.
Tell God When You Are Happy -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Erskine White -- 1993
"And Mary said, 'My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.' " (v

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Tell God When You Are Happy -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Erskine White -- 1993
"And Mary said, 'My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.' " (v

Children's Story

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Roly's First Christmas -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Janice B. Scott -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Roly the dachshund puppy was feeling rather bewildered.

Devotional

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Advent 4 -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country....

Drama

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The Face Of Salvation -- Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55), Psalm 80 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Thespian Theological Thoughts
The Lord's Maid Servant -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Robert F. Crowley -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
Theme
He Has Done Great Things -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Pamela Urfer -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
Cast: Two women, MARY and ELIZABETHLength:7 minutes

Illustration

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Sermon Illustrations for Advent 4 (2021) -- Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Mark Ellingsen, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2021
Micah 5:2-5a
Sermon Illustrations for Advent 4 (2018) -- Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Micah 5:2-5a
Sermon Illustrations for Advent 4 (2015) -- Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- R. Robert Cueni, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
Micah 5:2-5a
In a comic strip that appears regularly... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
In a comic strip that appears regularly in the Sunday newspaper, a man is greeted by his wife as he
Mary's famous prayer, The Magnificat, is a profound... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Mark Ellingsen -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Mary's famous prayer, The Magnificat, is a profound and moving celebration of God's merciful treatme
Sermon Illustrations for Advent 4 (2012) -- Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Mark J. Molldrem, Bob Ove -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Micah 5:2-5a
Elizabeth would give birth to... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Elizabeth would give birth to John the Baptist and Mary to Jesus. Their meeting while
The little story about Mary... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
The little story about Mary and Elizabeth seems pleasant enough, doesn't it? Imagine the
Here is the story that... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Here is the story that never grows old. An angel came to a little wisp of a girl and told her
There's a story about... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
There's a story about Fiorello LaGuardia, who was mayor of New York City during the bleakest d
God saw potential in... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
God saw potential in Mary when few others would have.
Henri Nouwen, in his... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Henri Nouwen, in his book A Spirituality of Waiting: Being Alert to the Lord's Presence in
Any expectant mother will... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Any expectant mother will tell you that when she feels her unborn baby kick, it is a definite
Ever since she was a... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- 2000
Ever since she was a little girl, Lisa's mother had told her, "Someday, my princess, you will meet y
Cilfton Fadiman reports in Anecdotes... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- 2000
Cilfton Fadiman reports in Anecdotes that Winston Churchill was humbled by the presence of a World W
A little girl decided to... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- 2000
A little girl decided to make her own Christmas cards to give to people.
Barry burst into his pastor's... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- 2000
Barry burst into his pastor's office, face aglow.
Pick a person whom you... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- 1997
Pick a person whom you know intimately today. Recall how the relationship began.
It is almost impossible for... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- 1997
It is almost impossible for people not to express the joy and happiness that exists deep within thei
The Firm was... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- 1997
The Firm was a book and movie about power and corruption.
If you have ever flown... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- 1997
If you have ever flown on a plane, then you are familiar with the emergency instructions that the fl
It was the combination of... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
It was the combination of ice and teeming rain that caused the fall.
When Caroline's baby was born... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
When Caroline's baby was born in 1939, delivered by a midwife in a small Louisiana town, the proud m

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Redirect Our Longing? -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55), Luke 1:46b-55, Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Psalm 80:1-7 -- Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Katy Stenta, Quantisha Mason-Doll -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2021
For December 19, 2021:
All I Want for Christmas is You -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55), Luke 1:46b-55, Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
For December 23, 2018:

Intercession

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Christmas Babe, Born In A Cowshed... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Janice B. Scott -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

Prayer

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The basis of blessedness -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Dennis Koch -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:The basis of blessednessGospel Note:
FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT -- Micah 5:2-5a, Psalm 80:1-7, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- B. David Hostetter -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP

Preaching

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Redirect Our Longing? -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55), Luke 1:46b-55, Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Psalm 80:1-7 -- Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Katy Stenta, Quantisha Mason-Doll -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2021
For December 19, 2021:
All I Want for Christmas is You -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55), Luke 1:46b-55, Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
For December 23, 2018:
The Mother -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Carter Shelley -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Dear Fellow Pastor,
The Hope For Peace -- Luke 1:47-55, Hebrews 10:5-10, Micah 5:2-5a, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Hope is all around us this time of year.

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Fourth Sunday Of Advent -- Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Theme For The DayAdvent is a time for seeing the promise.
Fourth Sunday Of Advent -- Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Seasonal Theme
Fourth Sunday In Advent -- Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Advent 4 -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1997
The narrative possibilities of today's text are almost endless.
Fourth Sunday In Advent -- Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- George M. Bass -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Advent 4 -- Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Perry H. Biddle, Jr. -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 1988
Comments on the Lessons

Sermon

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Redirect Our Longing? -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55), Luke 1:46b-55, Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Psalm 80:1-7 -- Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Katy Stenta, Quantisha Mason-Doll -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2021
For December 19, 2021:
All I Want for Christmas is You -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55), Luke 1:46b-55, Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
For December 23, 2018:
The Mother -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Carter Shelley -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Dear Fellow Pastor,
The Hope For Peace -- Luke 1:47-55, Hebrews 10:5-10, Micah 5:2-5a, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Hope is all around us this time of year.

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A Concert Of Praise -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
The Christmas concert was about to begin. The professional musicians were ready.
The Gospel According To Mary -- 1 Samuel 2:1-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- William Powell Tuck -- 2007
Several years ago, the famous statue by Michelangelo, the Pietá, was vandalized, and the face
Mary's Magnificat -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Tom M. Garrison -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Christmas songs have a way of staying with us from childhood.
Mary, The Mother Of Jesus -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Michael D. Wuchter -- 2006
And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior."
Songs Of The Season -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- J. Ellsworth Kalas, David Kalas -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
No season of the year sings as well as Christmas.
Mary's Song -- Micah 5:1-5a, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Alex A. Gondola, Jr. -- 2001
It's almost here, isn't it: Christmas! Can you believe Christmas is just four days away!
Two Blessings For An Unwed Mother -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- William G. Carter -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
By Christmas vacation of my first year in college, I had become an expert on the birds and the bees.
Blessed Among Women -- 1 Samuel 2:1-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Erskine White -- 1993
No one knows what she looked like. European artists have made her look European.
The Christmas Song -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- James T. Garrett -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 1991
The business side of Christmas -- the commercialism -- doesn't bother me as it does some.
Songs of the Season -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- J. Ellsworth Kalas -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 1988
No season of the year sings as well as Christmas.
Hail, Mary! -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Roy C. Nichols -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 1985
An angel visitation informed Mary that she would conceive and bear a son.

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Christmas Hope -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Janice B. Scott -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
A favorite Christmas flower is the poinsettia, with its beautiful, red star-shape.

Stories

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The Guest -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Keith Hewitt -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2021
The old man closed the door, hoping to cut out — or at least cut down — the noise coming fr
First Encounter -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55), Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:46b-55 -- Keith Hewitt, C. David Mckirachan -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Contents “First Encounter” by Keith Hewitt
By Hickory -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55), Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:46b-55 -- Frank Ramirez -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
Contents "By Hickory" by Frank Ramirez
Becoming Holy -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55), Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:46b-55 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Lamar Massingill -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Contents"Becoming Holy" by Peter Andrew Smith
Packing Christmas -- Micah 5:2-5a, Luke 1:46b-55, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Contents Christmas Stories
Larry's Lesson -- Luke 1:47-55, Hebrews 10:5-10, Micah 5:2-5a, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Stan Purdum, C. David Mckirachan, James T. Garrett, David Michael Smith -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
ContentsWhat's Up This Week Stories: "Larry's Lesson" by Stan Purdum

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The News From Nazareth -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- David E. Leininger -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
"Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer...." We hear a lot about old Rudy these days.
Child Of Joy -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she en
Linny -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Constance Berg -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
Myra started nursing school at the tender age of 33.
Advent 4 -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- John Steward -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
My friend, Pastor Ray Christenson in Las Vegas, once told about a pastor who would regularly visit a

Worship

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Redirect Our Longing? -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55), Luke 1:46b-55, Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Psalm 80:1-7 -- Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Katy Stenta, Quantisha Mason-Doll -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2021
For December 19, 2021:
All I Want for Christmas is You -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55), Luke 1:46b-55, Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
For December 23, 2018:
The Mother -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Carter Shelley -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Dear Fellow Pastor,
The Hope For Peace -- Luke 1:47-55, Hebrews 10:5-10, Micah 5:2-5a, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Hope is all around us this time of year.

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Advent 4 -- Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55), Psalm 80:1-7 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
The truth, Dumbledore sighed It is a beautiful and terrible thing and
Fourth Sunday In Advent -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Robert S. Jarboe -- 2006
Fourth Sunday In AdventFor Luke 1:39-45 (46-55)
Fourth Sunday Of Advent -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Frank Ramirez -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Gospel Lesson: Luke 1:39-45 (46-55)Theme: Looks Big To Me
Songs Of The Season/Advent -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55), Micah 5:2-5a -- John H. Will -- 2004
Call to WorshipWe come ready to receive what God shall give.
Fourth Sunday Of Advent -- Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Theme: God Promises A Ruler From BethlehemCall To Worship
Fourth Sunday of Advent -- Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
First Lesson: Micah 5:2-5a Theme: The Advent-ure Of Joy
Advent 4 -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Wayne H. Keller -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
Liturgical Color: Purple/BlueGospel: Luke 1:39-45 (46-55)
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John Jamison
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
(vv. 16-21)

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Dean Feldmeyer
Thomas Willadsen
Katy Stenta
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
George Reed
For January 23, 2022:
  • Coach Comes Calling by Dean Feldmeyer — In today’s Epistle lesson, when Paul speaks of gifts that are given to us by God, nowhere does he mention the word “privilege.”
  • Second Thoughts: A Healthy Body by Tom Willadsen — Imagine the whole church being able to act in coordination, as a healthy body, because everyone recognizes the collective, communal health depends on the responsible choices individuals make.

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David Kalas
I’ve attended a lot of NFL games over the years. I lived in Cleveland, Ohio during the 1980s, when the Browns were often fielding an exciting and competitive team. And now, for the past decade, I have been living in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where the Packers have enjoyed a lot of winning seasons. And so, I’ve been fortunate to watch a lot of good football in person.
Mark Ellingsen
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
In a comment which explains a lot of what is happening in contemporary America, the Greek philosopher Aristotle observed, “Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.” Mahatma Gandhi is said to have observed that “Poverty is the worst form of violence.”

Singer-songwriter Bono observed in a comment in accord with a Christian reading of this lesson (esp.vv.9-10): “To me a faith in Jesus Christ that is not aligned with the poor... it’s nothing.” The initiator of black theology James Cone made a similar comment: 

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Peter Andrew Smith
“No problem.” Carl held up his hands. “If you tell me as the senior minister that I need to wait to hold the session until later in the week, then that is what we’ll do.”

Pastor Luke frowned. “Jack told me you were adamant that you had to start on Tuesday night --otherwise nothing would work properly.”

“Well.” Carl rubbed his neck. “It would make things easier if we didn’t have to delay. I mean, we have the promotional material all done up for the rally and we are talking to speakers.”

“Yet it is not impossible for you to move to a different date?”

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Janice B. Scott
When Jesus chose that particular passage from Isaiah, he went to the heart of his gospel - an option for the poor. But the existence of large numbers of poor keep comfortable people comfortable, so he was immediately marked out as a dangerous person with dangerous ideas. And he was eventually executed for his beliefs.

Today's story is about Oscar Romero, who suffered a similar fate when he too chose an option for the poor.

The Christian gospel is a dangerous gospel when it's truth is really heard.

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Stephen P. McCutchan
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
-- Psalm 19:14

Richard A. Jensen
It was to be "Spiritual Gift" Sunday in Corinth of old. After all it was no lesser an authority than Paul himself who had said of these people that they were, "... not lacking in any spiritual gift" (1 Corinthians 1:7). Not lacking indeed! They were abounding in spiritual gifts and once every year they gathered in their worship service to honor the greatest among them.
Mary S. Lautensleger
One of the more colorful eras of our country's past is the old Wild West. We can visualize cowboys chasing stagecoaches over rough, barren terrain, and sheriffs swaggering down dusty main streets. Towns sprang up virtually overnight around regions rich in natural resources such as lumber, borax, silver, and especially gold, the glitter that inflamed a continent.
Carlyle Fielding Stewart, III
Sweat swarmed and beaded the palms of his hands as his heart thumped and pulse escalated. Bulging eyes blinked rapidly as his face twitched. His brown, swollen hands rumbled nervously through the inside pocket of his urine-stained tweed overcoat. "I got to find a match," he said to himself. "I got to find a match." Again he jerked through every pocket of his pants, jacket, and shirt. Still no match.

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