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Heart Prep for Sunday, December 20th, 2015

The text this week is Luke 1:2-38 in which the birth of Jesus is announced to Mary. The focus will be on the grace she received to carry this awesome responsibility, and the grace we are given to carry our burdens. The worship theme will be focused on that moment of the Christmas story, and the visual theme will be Candles with Gifts (Grace = Gift)

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Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 151220 Heart Prep

Here With Us – Joy Williams

Worship Set:
Breath of Heaven – Amy Grant

Luke 1:26-38 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

34And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 35And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

What Child is This?- Hymn #137

One Small Child – Hymn #164

In the Bleak Midwinter

I Heard the Bells – Hymn #152

Emmanuel – Michael W. Smith

Luke 1:46-55 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; 52he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; 53he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. 54He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

Canticle of the Turning – Cooney

Be Born in Me – Francesca Battestelli

Closing Songs:
Mary Did You Know? – Mark Lowry

He Who is Mighty – Sovereign Grace Music