Songs of the Season
During advent at church we have been running a series of sermons under the title "Songs of the Season" (an idea we stole from Barneys last year) in which we study scriptural songs of messianic hope, hoping to understand how Jesus was the hope of Israel, and as such is also our hope. Here are the titles and passages for the series:
• The coronation anthem: a royal hopeI thought I'd post my sermon on Mary's Magnificat (Luke 1.46-56) over the next few days. For an introduction, I played this video, and noted at the end that looking at the world upside down can give us a fresh perspective on life.
Psalm 2 (& Luke 3.1-23)
• The lament of the abandoned: a hope for the hopeless
Psalm 22 (& Mark 15.25-39)
• The servant's song: a hope for all nations
Isaiah 42.1-9 (& Luke 2.25-35)
• Mary's melody: a revolutionary hope
Luke 1.39-56 (& Exodus 15.1-18)
• Zechariah's carol: hope for those in darkness
Luke 1.67-79 (& Isaiah 9.1-7)
• The Angels' chorus: the birth of hope
Father, too often we find ourselves stuck in a rut, following the same old habits and going nowhere. Give us wisdom to see life afresh today from your perspective, even if it means turning our world upside down. Turn us right way up for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
Series: I; II; III; IV; V; VI; VII.