“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
Dean Tanya Linn Bennett
Isaiah 43:1-2; 18-21 (NRSV)
1 But now thus says the Lord,
the one who created you, O Jacob,
the who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
18 Do not remember the former things,
or consider the things of old.
19 I am about to do a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
20 The wild animals will honor me,
the jackals and the ostriches;
for I give water in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people,
21 the people whom I formed for myself
so that they might declare my praise.
“Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”
Luke 1:26-38 (NRSV)
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a young woman engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The woman’s name was Mary. 28 And Gabriel came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 29 But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kin-dom there will be no end.” 34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a young woman?” 35 The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. 36 And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
Luke 1:46-55 (NRSV)
46 And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for you have looked with favor on the lowliness of your servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for you, the Mighty One, have done great things for me,
and holy is your name.
50 Your mercy is for those who fear you
from generation to generation.
51 You have shown strength with your arm;
you have scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52 You have brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
53 you has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
54 You have helped your servant Israel,
in remembrance of your mercy,
55 according to the promise you made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
“Canticle of the Turning”
Prayer of the Day
Dean Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre