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The Magnificat Luke 1:46-56
And Mary said:
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.
Mary’s song is also known as The Magnificat. The word comes from the first word of the song in the Latin version, translated megalynei in Greek, meaning “tell out the greatness of the Lord.” Mary’s song is filled with Old Testament references and is a reminder of Hannah’s song of praise in 1 Samuel 2. The Magnificat is considered to be one of the greatest hymns ever written and has been called “revolutionary” by some. Mary’s song is found in Luke, chapter one, and nowhere else in Scripture. It is thought that Luke, a physician, personally interviewed Mary in order to write his gospel. Mary felt comfortable telling a doctor the personal details and that is why Luke’s gospel has the more detailed account of the conception and birth of Christ.
The angel of the Lord appeared to Mary and told her that she would miraculously give birth to a son and his name would be Jesus. The angel then told Mary that Elizabeth was also with child, and so Mary went to see her. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, her baby leapt inside her and she was filled with the Spirit. Elizabeth greeted Mary exclaiming, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!” The Magnificat is Mary’s response to Elizabeth’s greeting.
Mary glorified God from the depths of her soul. She praised God as her Savior and for blessing her, a humble servant. Mary’s song indicates that she had a great knowledge of God and of the Scripture. She had listened and come to know the God of the universe, even though Jewish girls did not have a formal education. Mary trusted the God she knew even though her circumstances could have caused her to fear. Mary knew who the Father of her baby was, but would anyone else, especially Joseph, understand? Mary’s experience with the angel was verified by Elizabeth and Mary praised God for choosing her, a humble servant, to be the mother of the Messiah.
Spend time, this week before Christmas, praising God the Father for all that he has done for you, his humble servant. Glorify the Lord and rejoice in your Savior – and be thankful for Christmas.
1. Meditate on the beginning of The Magnificat. Allow Mary’s model for adoration to be your own that you would glorify God from the depths of your soul.
2. What’s holding you back from living a lifestyle of continually glorifying God? What perspectives need to get shifted in order for your heart to be in a continual declaration of praise?
3. Take time to glorify God. Worship him, and declare who he is. Align your heart with his abundant goodness. And commit yourself to living a lifestyle of worship.
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Romans 12:1
“Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.” Hebrews 13:15 

xmas eve On December 24, our Christmas Series (Anchored in Advent) will come to a conclusion as we study Anchored in Light. Scripture for the evening will be Luke 2:1-20 — John 1:1-5. As the image states – our Christmas Eve will begin at 6:00 PM. Hope each one will seek to invite a friend to celebrate the start of your Christmas Day by worshipping God in the Presence of Jesus Christ. To have a service where both the Saturday night and Sunday morning church and be together as one people – is always a joy. For those who will be traveling to family and friends over the Christmas break – smooth sailing and safety.

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James 5:16 The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
· Monday morning at 8:00 AM – Mary Noble will have surgery to remove her gall bladder
· Rocky Philippe is back to working half days – and hopes to be full time next week. Rock has had a terrible month – continue to lift him up
· Pray for those who will be journeying to Columbia for Christmas – as well as those who will be traveling away from Columbia….that all will enjoy safety in the journey
· Lift up those who will for the 1st time be spending Christmas alone because a family member has passed away
· Eph 6:12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
· Jesus asks that we pray one for another. Scripture reveals many situations for which we would pray that prayer. By irregular attendance – it appears several have lost their 1st love – and it is our Christian responsibility to pray for them. Rev 2:4 But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.
· Holy Boldness to share Christ with others

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Augustine Quote….
“He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manner in wordless infancy. He, the WORD without whom all human eloquence is mute.”

qgppZ3nH There are still 2 weekends in which we can take care of “YEAR – END – GIVING”. The One who redeemed us said it is more blessed to give than to receive. More giving is experienced at Christmas time than at any other. As we consider giving this year, please include Discovery………I am watching snowflakes fall as these lines are being typed….Scripture says in the Old Testament – though your sins be as scarlet – they shall be as white as snow….Looking at the snow covered ground reminds me that Jesus’ blood has forgiven all my scarlet sin and the white reflects purity given through Him…………Annie planned to attend the 1st Annual Ladies Ornament Exchange. After lunch Sunday, we went to the Hallmark store and saw a couple that we liked. One said anchored in faith – which had an anchor on it – and I told her that is in keeping with our current series. Someone last night went home with the anchored ornament….good for you. It just so happens that we will continue our Anchored in Advent series through the 28th and close with Anchored in FAITH………Offering last Sunday – $1293 — Yellow Duck — $23 —-Building Fund $180…………The next week the D-Groups will begin meeting is the week of Jan 11, 2015………….

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The Drage’s and the Jennings’ express deep felt gratefulness to Discovery for their generous Christmas gift to us this Christmas Season. One of the great blessings of our responsibilities at Discovery is to know you are appreciated.

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But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. Micah 5:2

No guest rooms were available in the patriarchal home, so Joseph and Mary were somehow directed to the place where the animals are kept warm and dry. In the backwoods of Bethlehem, though, a stable made of wood—as portrayed in most nativity scenes—would have been highly unlikely.

Dr. John Ankerberg in his article, Questions About the Birth of Jesus, describes the setting:
Most homes were multi-leveled. They had a lower room or cellar that was usually used as a storeroom. In areas like Bethlehem, where there were caves, a cave beneath the house or in back of the house would be used as a store- room for food or supplies. It could also be a place where the family animals would be fed and sheltered at night, protected from the cold, thieves and predators. Now we have the picture. Small sleepy town. Cave hewn out of the rocky hillside. Stone cold feeding trough filled with hay. What was God thinking?
We can unknowingly and quickly put God in the box of human strategy. Just as God began His rescue mission through Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, and later is Nazareth (can anything good come out of Nazareth?) – today He can just as easily shake this world as He moves in communities like: Oblong, IL, Houston, MO, Bethalto, IL, Lincoln, Neb., Never heard of these towns? No worries— God has. God chooses unlikely places as the setting, and unlikely people as the characters in His story.
What about the forgotten streets and neighborhoods of your own community?

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