Midweek Advent – Angelic Messengers
Our midweek Advent services will be posted on our Face Book page each Wednesday – December 2, 9, 16.
Our theme this year is Angelic Messengers. The Christmas story includes the visit of angelic messengers to Mary, Joseph and the Shepherds.
December 2 – Gabriel Appears to Mary – Luke 1:26-38 – This is the familiar story of Gabriel visiting Mary. As he speaks to Mary, he tells her not to be afraid, tells her that she is to give birth to the promised Savior and Messiah, and explains to her how that will all come about. What does this message mean to us? Mary was just a humble young girl, a sinner like any one of us. Yet, she was chosen to have this special role in the plan of salvation. She had no need to fear. God’s favor rested on her. Because of Jesus, we have no need to fear either. God’s favor rests on us because of the one born to Mary. We are so undeserving and unworthy of such an honor. We are sinners who deserve God’s present and eternal punishment. Yet, He says to us, Do not be afraid. You have found favor with God.
December 9 – An Angel Appears to Joseph -Matthew 1:18-25 – Joseph was prepared to divorce Mary quietly. When Mary told him of her pregnancy and tried to explain that it was by the power of the Holy Spirit, Joseph wasn’t buying any of it. He believed that she had been unfaithful. But when the angel spoke to him in dream, he discovered that it was all true. God certainly doesn’t always work in ways that we would expect Him to. We will consider this in light of the ways that God works in our lives–often through trouble and hardship to mold and shape us into the disciples He wants us to be.
December 16 – Angels Appear to Shepherds – Luke 2:8-14 – On the first Christmas Eve the shepherds were visited by an angel who announced the birth of the Savior and Messiah. Began with message, “Don’t be afraid.” Then went on to deliver good news for all people–a Savior was born! The shepherds were then given a sign by which they could know the child of whom the angel spoke. The angel was then joined by the heavenly host singing; Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” We hear this angel’s message a lot during the season–peace on earth. What does this mean? What does it mean to know this peace?