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THE SPIRIT WILL COME UPON MARY
                 Fourth Sunday of Advent

               “I am always with you.”  — Matthew 28:20b





                               GATHER




               “For a child will be born to us, a son will         29  Mary was very upset because of his
               be given to us; and the government will             words. She wondered what kind of greeting
               rest on his shoulders; And his name will be         this could be.   But the angel said to
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               called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,             her, “Do not be afraid, Mary. God is very
               Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah           pleased with you.   You will become
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               9:6) We all long for peace, and in our fi nal        pregnant and give birth to a son. You must
               day of Advent, we hear the good news the            call him Jesus.   He will be great and will
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               angel Gabriel has for Mary: The Savior is           be called the Son of the Most High God.
               coming at last! The angel tells Mary that           The Lord God will make him a king like his
               the Holy Spirit will come upon her and              father David of long ago.   The Son of the
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               a miracle will occur, just as the prophets          Most High God will rule forever over his
               had foretold.  She would have a baby and            people. They are from the family line of
               he would be called Emmanuel – God with              Jacob. That kingdom will never end.”
               us. Jesus came from heaven to earth to be           34  “How can this happen?” Mary asked the
               with us, Emmanuel, and he remains with              angel. “I am a virgin.”
               us today through his Holy Spirit that lives
               within us. This is the peace that passes all        35  The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will
               understanding that has been given to us by          come to you. The power of the Most High
               God. Jesus is his greatest gift!                    God will cover you. So the holy one that is
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               Light the third purple Advent candle                born will be called the Son of God.   Your
               and read together Luke 1:26-38.                     relative Elizabeth will have a child even
                                                                   though she is old. People thought she could
               26  In the sixth month after Elizabeth had          not have children. But she has been pregnant
               become pregnant, God sent the angel                 for six months now.   That’s because what
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               Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee.  He         God says will always come true.”
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               was sent to a virgin. The girl was engaged          38
               to a man named Joseph. He came from the                “I serve the Lord,” Mary answered. “May
               family line of David. The virgin’s name was         it happen to me just as you said it would.”
               Mary.   The angel greeted her and said,             Then the angel left her.
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               “The Lord has blessed you in a special way.         What do you think Mary’s face looked like
               He is with you.”                                    when she fi rst saw the angel? Make that face!
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