Read the ‘Liturgy and prayer’ specially written for us by Rev Kathy Galloway
Remembering the visit of the Angel Gabriel to Mary you might like to colour the ‘stained glass window’ representing the Annunciation.
Jesus’ family tree is given in Matthew and Luke. We have a church family tree – people who have supported us within the church family. Write the names of the people who have supported you on the church ‘family tree’.
Light a second white tea-light and place it on your Advent wreath.
SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT LITURGY
To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
I thank my God every time I remember you,
constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you,
because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.
I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you
will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 1, 1 and 17 The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah
An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.
Luke 1, 26-38 The Birth of Jesus Foretold
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, favoured 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 favour 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 for ever, 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.
Here is another unexpected, even mysterious pregnancy announcement; this time to someone who was very young, and not even married. If Elizabeth’s news was a cause for the ending of shame, Mary’s was a potential bringer of great shame upon a young Jewish girl.
The first 17 verses of Matthew’s gospel consist of a long list of Jesus’ ancestors, written to show that Jesus was the direct descendant of Abraham and the patriarchs, and of David, the greatest of Jewish kings. These are mostly the names of men, with only an occasional woman mentioned among them. This genealogy is Matthew establishing Jesus’ pedigree. It’s a way of saying that Jesus may seem to be just an obscure carpenter from nowhere, but actually, he comes from the royal house of Israel.
Books and TV programmes helping people to trace their own family trees are very popular today. Our forebears, and especially those who are closest to us in time, have helped to shape who we are. But equally important are those who have influenced our life of faith; they belong with us on the family tree of the church. Jesse Trees show the genealogy of Jesus in the form of a tree, and can be found in stone carvings and stained-glass windows in many medieval and modern churches (including Dunblane Cathedral).
Colour the stained-glass window of Gabriel visiting Mary.
Add the names of people who have been, and are, important to you in the family of faith, to the picture of the tree.
Today, I add these people to my family tree (name in your prayer)
I thank you, God, for the family of Jesus.
I thank you for my own family, for (name in your prayer)
I pray for families separated or broken or in danger this Advent
and for those who have lost a dear family member (name in your prayer)
Bless and remain with us all this Advent.
And this is my prayer,
that your love may overflow more and more
with knowledge and full insight
to help you to determine what is best,
so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless,
having produced the harvest of righteousness
that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.
The full advent pack is available here: https://wellingtonchurchglasgow.files.wordpress.com/2021/12/complete-1.pdf