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Scripture:  Luke 1:39-55   

[ Summary:  Mary magnifies God – and so can we ]


Supplies Needed: You’ll need a real magnifying glass or a printed picture of one (see second page of the .pdf)


ASK    (a.k.a The On-Ramp)

  • Good morning!
  • I have a question for you. [hold up magnifying glass] Can you tell me what this is? (a magnifying glass)
  • You’re right, it is a magnifying glass! Can you tell me what a magnifying glass does? (If you look through it, it makes the thing you are looking at appear larger. Or, if you shine light through it, it focuses the light, making the light brighter and hotter)
  • You’re right again - a magnifying glass does both of those things! It helps make light brighter and hotter and it helps us see more of the thing we are looking at.


TELL    (a.k.a. The Freeway)

  • In today’s Bible story, we hear Mary (soon-to-be mother of the not-yet-born-baby-Jesus) say that her soul magnifies God.
  • In other words, Mary is saying that she’s seeing certain things about God very very well
  • She then says what some of those things are that she’s seeing about God.
  • She says she sees the mercy and strength that God offers.  
  • She sees how God lifts up those, who, like herself, are feeling lowly.
  • She sees how God fills those who are hungry with good things.
  • And guess what? By saying and sharing these things that she sees about God, she’s actually helping to magnify God for the rest of us!


SHARE the Good News   (a.k.a. The Destination)

  • Then, after Jesus is born and grows up, we see him do the same thing as his mom does in today’s story.
  • Jesus speaks and acts in ways that help us better see who God is
  • As we listen to and read the stories of people who magnify God – like Jesus, his disciples, his mom (Mary), his cousin (John the Baptist), etc., then we are learning how to also better see who God is
  • Then, we can share with those around us what we see – becoming magnifiers of God, just like we see Mary doing in today’s story and that we see Jesus doing in other stories.
  • And that’s the good news for today .


CLOSING Prayer

  • Let’s pray.  This is a repeat-after-me prayer.

Dear God,
Dear God,

Thank you for Mary and Jesus…

Thank you for Mary and Jesus…


…and the many others…

…and the many others…


…who magnify…

…who magnify…


…your love, mercy, and grace…

…your love, mercy, and grace…


…that then helps us…

…that then helps us…


…to magnify your love, mercy and grace with others!  

…to magnify your love, mercy and grace with others!



  Amen



Posted December 6, 2015
Written by Nathanael Vissia


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Written for Sunday, December 20, 2015

4th Sunday in Advent
Lectionary Year C

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