Advent of Love

Reading for the Week of December 21, 2014
Advent Theme: Love

Sunday              December 21        Luke 1:26-38
Monday             December 22        Luke 1:39-56
Tuesday             December 23        Luke 1:57-80
Wednesday        December 24        Matthew 1:18-25
Thursday           December 25        John 1:1-18
Friday               December 26        Titus 2:11-14
Saturday           December 2          Psalm 98

Christmas Eve    Luke 2:1-20

Devotional Thought from Charles Spurgeon
John 3:16, 17
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Whence came that love? Not from anything outside of God himself. God’s love springs from himself. He loves because it is his nature to do so. “God is love.” As I have said already, nothing upon the face of the earth could have merited his love, though there was much to merit his displeasure. This stream of love flows from its own secret source in the eternal Deity, and it owes nothing to any earth-born rain or rivulet; it springs from beneath the everlasting throne, and fills itself full from the springs of the infinite. God loved because he would love. When we enquire why the Lord loved this man or that, we have to come back to our Saviour’s answer to the question, “Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight.” God has such love in his nature that he must needs let it flow forth to a world perishing by its own wilful sin; and when it flowed forth it was so deep, so wide, so strong, that even inspiration could not compute its measure, and therefore the Holy Spirit gave us that great little word SO, and left us to attempt the measurement, according as we perceive more and more of love divine.

The Magnificat sung by Mary in Luke 1:46-55
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

 

Carols for this Week

Hark the Herald Angels Sing sung by Kings College Choir in Cambridge

Scripture

 

The First Noel sung by Kings College Choir in Cambridge

Readings for the

 

Soli Deo Gloria


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