Advent 2: Mary

Here are the complete resources for week two (the Second Sunday in Advent) of our Jesus’ Birth from A to Z series.

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Weekly Bible Story

An Angel Visits Mary:  Luke 1:26-38 NRSV

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 29 But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He 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 ancestor David. 33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”  35 The angel said to 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 holy; he will be called Son of God. 36 And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

Daily Questions & Prayers

Sunday:  Luke 1:26-27

Who are some people that you are related to?  Does who you are related to make a difference in how people interact with you?  What reputation are you handing down to future generations?

Dear God, thank you for my family and those who have gone before me.  Help my words and actions to reflect my identity as your child.  Amen.

Monday:  Luke 1:28-29

Have you ever had an encounter with an angel, or heard a story about someone who did?  What is it like to know that God uses angels to send important messages to earth?

Dear Jesus, open my eyes, that I may see angels when you have a message to send.  Help me to hear your word, and obey it.  Amen.

Tuesday:  Luke 1:30-31

What would it be like to find out that God wants you to be a parent to his Son?  What about if it happened when you were only fourteen?  What would you name a child, if you had a choice?

Dear God, I know that you have great plans for me.  Guide my life, that my path and yours are the same.  Amen.

Wednesday:  Luke 1:32-33

What does it mean to you to know that Jesus is the king of heaven?  How does Jesus’ rule differ from human rulers?  In what ways does Jesus make a difference in this world?

Dear Jesus, I pray for the leaders of this world.  Help them to model their life after yours, that all may be loved and at peace.  Amen.

Thursday:  Luke 1:34-35

Have you ever wanted to ask God a question?  What does it mean to know that even Jesus’ mom had questions about God’s plan for her life?  In what ways can you take your questions to God in prayer?

 (bring your questions to God in prayer using your own words)

Friday:  Luke 1:36-37

What are some things that you consider to be impossible?  In what ways do you think God could make the impossible possible?

Dear God, I know that you make the impossible possible.  Help me to believe in you.  Give me the faith to know that I am safe in your hands.  Amen.

Saturday:  Luke 1:38

Have you ever made a big decision?  What was it?  How did you make it?  In what ways can you say “Yes” to God?

Dear God, I know that you call me to do great things in your world.  Give me the courage of Mary, that I might step out in faith on behalf of those whom you love.  Amen.

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