finds favor in Godís sight. Filled with
Godís Spirit, she will conceive and bear a Son.
He will be called holy, and his reign will be everlasting. He will call people to obedience, to a life
of witness on behalf of Godís will. In
him the fullness of Godís revelation will reach culmination, as he teaches his
followers the extent of Godís love. Mary
carries within her the embodiment of Godís promise and is blessed with the
living presence of Godís grace.
Come apart to this
place of rest and renewal;
spirits rejoice in the presence of God.
We will sing of Godís steadfast love for
We will proclaim Godís faithfulness to all
God looks with favor on the humble and lowly.
covenant does not focus on rank or position.
God strengthens those who are weak.
The proud are scattered in the thoughts
of their hearts.
Blessed are those who walk
in Godís light.
Blessed are all who say Ďyesí to Godís call.
Let the heavens proclaim the wonders of God.
Let all the earth rejoice in Christís coming.
of the Day
Let us pray.
We bring our spiritual
hungers to this place, O God, hoping to be fed. We bring our weariness,
expecting to find rest for our souls. We bring our dullness, asking that we
might be alerted to those things that you consider important. We come because
we want the scattered fragments of our lives to come together in a meaningful
wholeness. You have promised to be with us. Reveal yourself to us here, we pray
in the name of One who came to share our common lot. Amen.