Dec 4, 2016

Affirmation of Faith: Luke 1:46-55

Here is a statement of faith for use with Mary’s song of praise in Luke 1: 46-55. It was written by Ann Siddall, and posted on the Stillpoint Spirituality Centre and Faith Community.

Statement of faith
(May be used following the reading of Luke 1:46-55,
or a sermon on that passage)

Our souls magnify the Lord,
and our spirits rejoice in God our Saviour,
for he looks with favour upon us
and sees our unrealized potential.

In the tradition of Mary,
and all who have said “yes” to God,
we stand here today,
to add our assent to theirs.

Like Mary, we feel overwhelmed;
we wonder if we are worthy,
or capable, of following the calling.
Like Mary, we have our questions
and we will not be afraid to ask them.
Like Mary, we will hear and ponder
the assurance that God will empower us.
Like Mary we will strive to say -
“Let it be with us according to your will.”

To whatever God is inviting of us
at this time in our lives,
and relying on God’s grace,

we say “yes.”

 


~ written by Ann Siddall, and posted on the Stillpoint Spirituality Centre and Faith Community website. http://stillpointsa.org.au/prayer/prayers-and-liturgies/

Litany of Praise for Advent: Rejoice!

Here is a litany of praise for Advent. It was written by Brad Reynolds and posted on Journey with Jesus.

The Latin word "Gaudete" means “rejoice.” It is often used on the Third Sunday of Advent. (It is pronounced “Gow-day-tay.”)

Advent Litany: Gaudete

Because Christmas is almost here
Because dancing fits so well with music
Because inside baby clothes are miracles.
Gaudete!

Because some people love you
Because of chocolate
Because pain does not last forever
Because Santa Claus is coming.
Gaudete!

Because of laughter
Because there really are angels
Because your fingers fit your hands
Because forgiveness is yours for the asking
Because of children
Because of parents.
Gaudete!

Because the blind see.
And the lame walk.
Gaudete!

Because lepers are clean
And the deaf hear.
Gaudete!

Because the dead will live again
And there is good news for the poor.
Gaudete!

Because of Christmas
Because of Jesus
We rejoice!

~ written by Brad Reynolds, S.J., a photographer and artist in residence at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington. This poem is taken from America; The National Catholic Weekly (December 11, 2006). Posted on Journey with Jesus. http://www.journeywithjesus.net/poemsandprayers/

Advent Call to Worship: Luke 1:46-55

Here’s a call to worship inspired by Mary’s Magnificat in Luke 1.  It was written by John Leach, and posted on The Jubilate Group website.

 

Call to Worship: Magnificat

(inspired by Luke 1:47-55)

 

My soul glorifies the Lord

and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,

for all his loving kindness to me day by day.

 

Great is our God and worthy to be praised

 

The Mighty One has done great things for me;

holy is his name.

 

Let it be to me according to your word.

 

God’s mercy reaches to all those who fear him,

in every generation.

 

Great is our God and worthy to be praised

 

The Lord has performed mighty deeds with his arm;

he has humbled those who are haughty and proud

 

Let it be to me according to your word.

 

God has brought down rulers from their thrones

but has lifted up the poor and lowly

 

Great is our God and worthy to be praised

 

The Lord has filled the hungry with good things

but has sent the rich away empty.

 

Let it be to me according to your word.

 

God has kept his promises:

He has helped his servant Israel,

and shown mercy to Abraham and his descendants forever

 

Great is our God and worthy to be praised.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever.

Amen.

~ copyright © John Leach.  Posted by The Jubilate Group. http://www.jubilate.co.uk/


Advent Prayer: Luke 1: 39-56

Here’s an Advent prayer from Dr. Susan M. (Elli) Elliott’s Sermons & Prayers website. It was inspired by Mary’s song of praise in Luke 1:39-56.

A Prayer for use with the Magnificat
(inspired by Luke 1:39-56)

Great God of the prophets and truth-tellers,
Great Voice of Truth who speaks through unexpected voices,
Great Power of the Universe who works mighty deeds
        from fragile possibilities,
   we gather here to know Your presence and to listen for Your truth.
   We listen in Your presence. We listen for You.

Let our listening reach to hear the voice of young Mary.
Let us listen for her voice,
   the voice of an adolescent girl in an insignificant village
        in a marginal province,
   far from the centers of power.

Extend our listening to hear her where she may be speaking today:
   an adolescent girl in a village in rural China
        whose parents really wanted a boy;
   a girl in a remote native village in Latin America
        leading the singing in a small church;
   a 14-year-old working for a tiny wage in a crowded factory somewhere
making our high-priced running shoes;
   a 15-year-old helping her village in West Africa recover from civil war;
   a high school student in a U.S. city
        resisting a culture of violence daily to attend school.

Extend our listening, God,
   to hear the song of truth and hope You are putting in their mouths.
Extend our listening, God,
to sense the motion of a future You are moving in their midst,
   a future world put right.
Extend our listening, God,
   that we may receive and affirm and listen
        with the eager ears of elderly Elizabeth,
   wise with years of waiting.

Let us listen fully and deeply for the hope You are preparing.
Let us greet Your hope with the Elizabeth’s joy greeting Mary.
Let us feel the future moving in us as well.
Let us listen fully and deeply for the hope You are preparing in us.
Let us listen deeply to the truth speaking in us.
Let us listen fully to the hope You place in us.

Extend our listening
   to the deepest reaches of our own souls, God of Truth.
Extend our listening through the cares
    that each of us brings on our hearts this morning.
Extend our listening through the financial worries
      and the preoccupations with our health,
   our concern for loved ones whose lives are straying out of control,
   our angers and aggravations, our inundation with activity.
Extend our listening into all that we bring today
   to hear there the transforming truth about our lives.
Extend our listening until we listen with all that we are, our whole beings.
Extend our listening until we hear with Your whole voice.
Extend our listening until we become the voice that speaks as Mary to say,
   “My soul magnifies God and my spirit rejoices.”
May the listening of our souls enlarge Your listening
   until we truly hear You from unexpected places
        in the farthest reaches of the earth
   and the most remote territories of our own souls.
   Extend our listening that we may magnify You.

~ written by Dr. Susan M. (Elli) Elliott, December 12, 2004. If you use this material, please credit Dr. Susan M. (Elli) Elliott. Source: http://ellielliott.webs.com/sermonsprayers.htm

Call to Worship: Luke 1: 46-55

Here’s a call to worship inspired by Luke 1:46-55.  It was written by Stephen M. Fearing, and posted on his website, Liturgy and Hymns by Stephen M. Fearing (see link below).

Advent Call to Worship
(inspired by Luke 1:46-55)

Our souls magnify the Lord,
and our spirits rejoice in God our Savior.
God has looked with favor
on the lowliness of God's servant.
God's mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
God has shown strength with God's arm.
God has scattered the proud
in the thoughts of their hearts.
God has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
God has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
Come, for God is doing a new thing!  
Come, let us worship God!

~ written by Rev. Stephen M. Fearing, and posted on Liturgy and Hymns by Stephen M. Fearing.  http://www.stephenmfearing.com/ Permission is given for use in congregational worship.  Please give the following credit:  "Written by Rev. Stephen M. Fearing - www.stephenmfearing.com"