Worship Series

Advent 2017:
Mary, Did You Know? 


(Sermons from this series are posted at the pastor's blog)

Mary's perspective on the birth of Jesus  

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for God has looked with favor on the lowliness of God’s servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is God’s name.”    - Mary, Mother of Jesus

To any young, unmarried, peasant woman, the coming of God’s presence on earth in the life of a human child would be life-changing. But for his mother, that change is so much more. Could Mary have possibly grasped how her life, and the life of all the world, was about to change?

The God who lifts up the lowly and brings justice for the oppressed also draws the weary and outcast into the closest circle of blessing. God also uses the lowly, the weary, the oppressed and the outcast to accomplish God’s very presence in the world. No one knows this better than Mary. This Advent, we will walk in her sandals for a while, pondering what God’s coming might mean, exalting that God lifts up and transforms the world, and wondering at how that means God can use us.

Did Mary know that God could use even her in powerful ways? Did she know that Jesus was more than a remarkable child? Did she know that grace and love would conquer the social stigmas of her life, and would overcome the greatest pain and loss she would ever know?

I think she had an inkling. Do we?