In times of crisis and confusion, we often utter the cliché, “God moves in mysterious ways.” It reminds us that God is always at work even when we don’t see him. Yet we still tend to expect that God’s work in this world will be unmistakable and obvious. How can we train our eyes to recognize the glorious work of God’s mission among us in the mundane and everyday things? Join us this Sunday as we celebrate Christmas and join the angels’ refrain: Glory to God in the Highest!
SCRIPTURE: Luke 2:21–35
21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
22 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation
31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.”
33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
SONG OF CONFESSION
To Thee I come a sinner poor, and wait for mercy at Thy door.
Indeed I’ve nowhere else to flee. O God, be merciful to me!
To Thee I come a sinner weak and scarce know how to pray or speak
From fear and weakness set me free. O God, be merciful to me!
To Thee I come a sinner vile. Upon me Lord vouchsafe to smile.
Mercy through blood, I make my plea, O God, be merciful to me!
To Thee I come a sinner great, and well Thou knowest all my state
Yet full forgiveness is with Thee, O God, be merciful to me!
To Thee I come a sinner lost, nor have I aught wherein to trust
But where Thou art Lord I would be, O God, be merciful to me!
To glory bring me Lord at last, And there when all my fears are past
With all Thy saints then I’ll agree, God was merciful to me
God was merciful to me.