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Lower United Methodist Church
December 23, 2020

 

“Nothing is impossible for God. Then Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be with me just as you have said.” Then the angel left her.”
Luke 1:37-38    

 The Angel was sent to a small village to give the most incredible news to a young woman: the Messiah was coming, and she was invited to be part of the action. As soon as she heard the salutation, Mary wondered… why is the Lord honoring her? 

The Angel explains the plan for her to conceive and give birth to a son, her son, God’s son! God is fulfilling His promise to the world and she is called to take part in this plan. Mary asks… “How will this happen?” 

The power of the Most High will overshadow you, will surround you with his love, will embrace you with His presence, so that “the one who is to be born will be holy. He will be called God’s Son”. Like any young woman at the time, Mary dreams… she dreams of having a son with pure heart and devotion, a son that would be faithful to God. She dreams of a family that will devote their lives to serving the Lord like she has done all her life. 

Mary is an experienced worshiper who has found her joy in singing and praising God. She believes in God’s prophecy and trusts that God always fulfills His promises. Mary has seen with her own eyes how much God cares for his people. She is now being asked to say yes, to accept the invitation to participate in God’s purpose for human life, to be part of God’s action to bless the world.

“Nothing is impossible for God,” the angel said. Mary remembers how God shows mercy to those who honor him, how he scattered those with arrogant thoughts and lifted up the lowly. Mary knows in her heart that God fills the hungry with good things.

“Let it be with me as you have said” she responds with a humble heart and surrenders her own life to God’s divine plan for the world. She believes in the promise before it is fulfilled. She believes it will happen even before she gets pregnant. She knows nothing is impossible for God before she feels the baby in her womb. She believes before she sees the face of her son, the holy son, God’s son!

Mary becomes the first one to receive the good news of Jesus before the rest of the world even hears the good news. This Christmas may our hearts find comfort in this story and encouragement to say, like Mary, God let it be with me as you have planned for my life!

Rev. Ileana Rosario
 

Christmas Eve Services
Please join us on Christmas Eve. There will be two services: the first outside by the crosses at 6:00 pm and the second one inside the sanctuary at 7:00 pm. 
All are welcome, of course, but due to the pandemic, please register for the 7:00 pm indoor service by contacting the church office at (804) 776-6250 or by e-mail lumc@va.metrocast.net
 
In accordance with the York River District, our church office will be closed on 12/24-12/25 and 12/31-01/01. In case of an emergency, the pastor can be reached at (703) 867-4545. 
Prayer List Updates

Please remember these people
in your prayers:

Lee Rosser
Chris Waltrop
Patricia Ellis
Wes Holland
Carolyn Cox's Granddaughter Carlie
Kathleen Kruse's Nephew Kenneth
Raymond Benson
Family of Joe Nelson
Dalton Brownley's Grandson Randy
Family of Karen Parker
Adam Fleet
Tanya in Tennessee
Lee Holloway
Joe Buscher
David Taylor
Tom Hollingsworth
Evelyn Beverley
Scottie Evans
Elizabeth Johnson's sister-in-law Sarah
Curt Saunder's brother-in-law

We give thanks for the beautiful Christmas tree and decorations at LUMC. 
Consider scheduling recurring electronic contributions in the new year. To sign up, see our website: www.lowerumc.org.

Help us continue being a place of worship and blessing for the community with our many programs, missions, worship and outreach. Thank you for your faithful support!
Last week's offering:
$7,440.00
Needed for weekly budget:
$4,130.00

Our offerings to date:
$189,131.64
2020 Budget:
$214,754.00
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