Preparing for Worship: Just as He Said

Preparing for Worship: Just as He Said

John Haralson   •   October 14, 2016

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  Hebrews 11:1

Dear Friends,

I have really enjoyed our slow and deliberate walk through the Gospel of Luke. In the first two chapters, there are 3 major “songs” that serve as anchoring points for the narrative. This Sunday, we get to the first of those songs with the one spoken by Mary. In church history, this song has come to be known as The Magnificat

Mary’s song has, unfortunately, often been domesticated in the Christian tradition as a sweet Christmas lullaby. Yet, a closer look at the song reveals that this is more of a triumphant anthem than a song that lulls us to sleep. Consider these lines:

[God] has shown strength with his arm;

he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;

he has brought down the mighty from their thrones

and exalted those of humble estate;

he has filled the hungry with good things,

and the rich he has sent away empty.

The God Mary is singing about is powerful, merciful, and is far from domesticated. He is at work in the world casting down the proud and lifting up the lowly.

At the same time, this song is a rich profession of faith. Mary is confident that God is fulfilling his promises made long ago. And, Mary models for us a faith that looks forward to the future, believing that the Lord will continue to keep his word and be faithful to his people. 

This week, we are honored to have the Rev. Jason Davison preaching God’s word to us.  Jason is an ordained minister in our denomination, and currently serves at Sanctuary Church on Capitol Hill and is on staff at the Union Gospel Mission. Jason and his wife, Foxy, live in West Seattle with their three children.

This week: Just as He Said, Luke 1:46-56

Liturgy is here

Warmly in Christ,

John