Blessed are the Meek: Joseph and Mary

Blessed are the Meek: Joseph and Mary

Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-45


Call to Worship: Psalm 36:5-10 (ESV)

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
    your judgments are like the great deep;
    man and beast you save, O Lord.

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
    The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
    and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light do we see light.

10 Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
    and your righteousness to the upright of heart!

Scripture Reading: Luke 1:46-55 (NIV)

46     And Mary said:
      “My soul glorifies the Lord
47        and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48     for he has been mindful
            of the humble state of his servant.
        From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
            holy is his name.
50     His mercy extends to those who fear him,
            from generation to generation.
51     He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
            he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52     He has brought down rulers from their thrones
            but has lifted up the humble.
53     He has filled the hungry with good things
            but has sent the rich away empty.
54     He has helped his servant Israel,
            remembering to be merciful
55     to Abraham and his descendants forever,
            just as he promised our ancestors.”

Scripture Text: Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-55 (NIV)

Joseph: Matt 1:18-25 (NIV)
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Mary: Luke 1:26-38 (NIV)
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Mary’s visit to Elizabeth (1:39-45)
39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

The Magnificat (1:46-55)
46     And Mary said:

        “My soul glorifies the Lord
47        and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48     for he has been mindful
            of the humble state of his servant.
        From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
            holy is his name.
50     His mercy extends to those who fear him,
            from generation to generation.
51     He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
            he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52     He has brought down rulers from their thrones
            but has lifted up the humble.
53     He has filled the hungry with good things
            but has sent the rich away empty.
54     He has helped his servant Israel,
            remembering to be merciful
55     to Abraham and his descendants forever,
            just as he promised our ancestors.”

Songs

Peace Has Come (B. Hastings, S. Simmons, B. Fielding)
Unwavering (M. Maher)
What Child is This (P. Wickham)
The First Noel
When Hope Came Down (K. Jobe, B. Glover)