This is the fourth Sunday of Advent. May LOVE be in your hearts this Christmas Season.

The message, the fourth in a series titled WHAT’S GOD UP TO?  is delivered by Rev. Elder Dr. Candace Shultis, and focuses on Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Today’s Gospel reading is from the book of Luke 1:26-38 & 46-56

In the sixth month 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, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”  But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.  The angel said to her, “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 said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”  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.  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.”  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.  And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,  and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for God has looked with favor on the lowliness of this servant.  Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;  for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is God’s name.  God’s mercy is for those who fear the Lord from generation to generation.  God has shown strength; and has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.  God has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly;  has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.  God has helped the Lord’s servant Israel, in remembrance of mercy,  according to the promise God made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”