Prayer: Mary’s Welcome (Luke 1.26-38)

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The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you…
– Luke 1:35

Prayer: Mary’s Welcome
Holy Spirit, come
Into the smallness of my life
Into the bewilderment of my being
Into fears which must be faced

Holy Spirit, come
Into the backwoods of my world
Into the places people forget
Into places people put down… what good can come from there

Holy Spirit, welcome
Here am I, the servant of the Lord
Let it be with me according to your word
Amen

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Prayer: Mary’s Welcome © 2010 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution.
by Lisa Degrenia (www.revlisad.com)
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Reader’s Theater: Jesus’ Birth Foretold, The Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38)

The Christmas Story readers theaterReader’s Theater: Jesus’ Birth Foretold (The Annunciation)
Based on Luke 1:26-38 NRSV
Parts: Narrator, Mary, Gabriel

NARRATOR
The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said,

GABRIEL
Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.

NARRATOR
But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.

GABRIEL
Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 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. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.

MARY
How can this be, since I am a virgin?

GABRIEL
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. 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. For nothing will be impossible with God.

MARY
Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.

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The Christmas passages from Luke 1-2 and Matthew 1-2 are “tidings of great joy for all people.” A great way to embody this truth is through multiple readers of multiple ages voicing the beloved story. I hope these simple scripts will help you to do just that. Merry Christmas and may the promises of this Holy Season strengthen you throughout the year! – Lisa <><

Click the link for a master pdf of all The Christmas Story scripts
Reader’s Theater The Christmas Story

Adapted from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Reader’s Theater: Jesus’ Birth Foretold (Luke 1:26-38) © 2014 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Prayer: Mary’s Welcome (Luke 1:26-38)

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2014 Bible Reading Plan for Christmas
Day 3 Reading: Luke 1:26-38
Mary and the Holy Spirit

The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you…
– Luke 1:35

Prayer: Mary’s Welcome
Holy Spirit, come
Into the smallness of my life
Into the bewilderment of my being
Into fears which must be faced

Holy Spirit, come
Into the backwoods of my world
Into the places people forget
Into places people put down… what good can come from there

Holy Spirit, welcome
Here am I, the servant of the Lord
Let it be with me according to your word
Amen

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This post is part of the 2014 Bible Reading Plan for Christmas. Click here for more information, including a list of all the readings.

Prayer: Mary’s Welcome © 2010 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution.
Please contact Lisa for information and permission to publish this work in any form.

For more information on the art and the use of this post in other settings,
please refer to the copyright information page.

Prayer: You Are With Me (Luke 1:26-38)

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2014 Bible Reading Plan for Christmas
Day 2 Reading: Luke 1:26-38
Mary and Gabriel

The Lord is with you
– Luke 1:28

Prayer: You are with me
I am favored
I am blessed
because you are with me

I am unafraid
Known by name
because you are with me

You’re help and home
You’re servant and sanctuary
The impossible possible
because you are with me
in me
upon me
let it be
let it be

Click Here for Steve Garnaas Holmes’ wonderful imagining of the Annunciation text
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This post is part of the 2014 Bible Reading Plan for Christmas. Click here for more information, including a list of all the readings.

Prayer: You are with me © 2014 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution.
Please contact Lisa for information and permission to publish this work in any form.

Prayer: Now and Not Yet (Luke 1:5-25)

Barefoot-Walking on path2014 Bible Reading Plan for Christmas
Day 1 Reading: Luke 1:5-25
Zechariah and Gabriel

Zechariah said to the angel, “How will I know that this is so?
– Luke 1:18

Prayer: Now and Not Yet
God of Now and Not Yet,
We race ahead of you,
Wanting answers now
Results now
Actions now
We see you lagging behind,
slow in coming.
Hosanna! Save Now!

God of Now and Not Yet,
We struggle to keep up,
You appear, but we are slow to believe
Slow to understand
Slow to change
Slow to act
Slow to…
You race head, pioneering into unfamiliar places,
Be still so we can keep you caged

God of Now and Not Yet,
Your Kingdom draws near and stretches into forever
Steady our steps
Till the rhythm of our faith
Keeps pace with your faithfulness
Amen

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This post is part of the 2014 Bible Reading Plan for Christmas. Click here for more information, including a list of all the readings.

Prayer: Now and Not Yet © 2010 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution.
Please contact Lisa for information and permission to publish this work in any form.

For more information on the art and the use of this post in other settings,
please refer to the copyright information page.