Advent Week 4
Mary said, “With all my heart I glorify the Lord!
In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior.
[God] has looked with favor on the low status of [their] servant.
Look! From now on, everyone will consider me highly favored
because the mighty one has done great things for me.
Holy is [their] name. (CEB)
Surprising God, fill our hearts with joy and wonder at the ways you subvert the systems of the world. Bear within us the heavy word that speaks grace to the weary world. Amen.
[God] shows mercy to everyone,
from one generation to the next,
who honors [them] as God.
[God] has shown strength with [their] arm.
[God] has scattered those with arrogant thoughts and proud inclinations. (CEB)
Merciful God, scatter our pride and focus our hearts on you. May we learn from the earnestness of our children and the wisdom of our elders. Amen.
[God] has pulled the powerful down from their thrones
and lifted up the lowly.
[God] has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away empty-handed. (CEB)
Mighty God, tear the tyrant from their thrones and redistribute the wealth that has destroyed too much. In your power: fill the hungry, release the oppressed, sustain the work of justice. Amen.
[God] has come to the aid of [God’s] servant Israel,
remembering [God’s] mercy,
just as [God] promised to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to Abraham’s descendants forever.” (CEB)
Saving God, you see us when we struggle, when our voices are unheard, when we feel lost, lonely, or abandoned. Free us to help those around us without counting the cost, to see what needs to happen. Amen.
Isaiah 9:2, 6
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.
On those living in a pitch-dark land, light has dawned.
A child is born to us, a son is given to us,
and authority will be on his shoulders.
He will be named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. (CEB)
Human God, shine light on us in these shadows. Guide us on the path to the child born tonight. Amen.