God keeps the promise made to David, to give him an everlasting throne. The angel tells Mary that God will give David’s throne to her son Jesus. She is perplexed by Gabriel’s greeting and by the news of her coming pregnancy, but she is able still to say, “Count me in.” We who know that Jesus is called king only as he is executed still find it a mystery hard to fathom, but with Mary today we hear the news of what God is up to and say, “Count us in.”


Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that would obstruct your mercy, that willingly we may bear your redeeming love to all the world, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
Luke 1:46b-55
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38

This Weeks Readings

MondayChristmas Day
Isaiah 62:6-12
Psalm 97
Titus 3:4-7
Luke 2:[1-7] 8-20
Psalm 148
TuesdayJeremiah 26:1-9, 12-15
Acts 6:8-15, 7:51-60
Psalm 148
WednesdayExodus 33:18-23
1 John 1:1-9
Psalm 148
ThursdayJeremiah 31:15-17
Matthew 2:13-18
Psalm 148
FridayIsaiah 49:5-15
Matthew 12:46-50
Psalm 148
SaturdayProverbs 9:1-12
2 Peter 3:8-13
Psalm 148
December 24, 2017 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

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