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Fourth Sunday of Advent

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by Beth A. Richardson

Luke 1:26-55

During this season of giving, we pause to open our hearts, our minds, our spirits to receive God’s blessings. We proclaim with Mary,

My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit rejoices in my savior.

We have witnessed God’s restoration in the midst of broken- ness. We have prepared ourselves for Christ’s coming. We have proclaimed with faith the promise of God’s generous righteousness.

My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit rejoices in my savior.

Now we stand with welcome hearts, waiting to receive. Our spirits hunger for the coming of hope.

My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit rejoices in my savior.

Fill us, O God, with restoring love. Prepare us for the coming of your Holy Child. Encourage us to proclaim the good news to all people.

My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit rejoices in my savior.

Like Mary, we are God’s lowly servants. As we light this fourth candle of Advent, may we receive with Mary’s openness and trust. Let us prepare to receive God’s gift of hope.

My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit rejoices in my savior. Amen.

Suggested hymn: “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”


Beth A. Richardson has been a part of The Upper Room’s publishing ministry for more than thirty years, serving Alive Now, Weavings, and in web ministry. She is currently The Upper Room's Director of Prayer and Worship Life. She is a photographer, writer, and shares life with Jack, a very wise Scottish Terrier, and Arya, a brilliant and clever rescue dog. Follow Beth at betharichardson.org.

Advent/Christmas prayers by Beth A. Richardson. © 2011 Alive Now. Permission granted to use in corporate worship settings. From November/December 2011 Alive Now. Copyright © 2011 by The Upper Room. 

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