Prayer: Dear God, we have heard the Christmas story so many times in so many different Sunday School Christmas Pageant pageant scripts. Still, the message is the same. Each time we watch the children portray their roles, follow their lines and hear their songs, may the story of Love coming to us be new and true in our hearts. Amen
Reading: Luke 1: 46b-55 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Our scripture text today is The Magnificat: Mary's words as she reflects upon carrying God's own Son into the world. My favorite version may be from Holden Evening Prayer. Yet, in my church we usually use that service during Lent. So I especially like hearing The Magnificat during Advent and, of course, it always comes up in the Sunday School Christmas Pageant.
But it is a rather long speech (or song) for the 5th grade Mary to memorize. So, it gets shortened. From the script this year:
My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations wil call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me. Holy is His name.
Watch! The children will show us what happened so long ago. Listen! We hear the story again. Join in! Sing the songs, perhaps Mary's own, over and over. Yet may the Love that came down at Christmas be new and true in our hearts always. --Ruth Gates
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