It Is Well with My Soul: The Sacred Roots Annual 2022-2023


T he S eason of A dvent

WEEK 3 T hird S unday of A dvent : A ffirmation December 11 - 17, 2022 Advent joyously affirms the First and Second comings of our Lord. Through the prophets, God foretold the Messiah’s appearing to his people, Israel. Through the angels, he announced his birth to Zechariah, Mary, and the shepherds. Let us reverently ponder the sure promise of God – the Deliverer will come and ransom captive Israel and the world. In her inspired exclamation of praise commonly referred to as the Magnificat, Mary magnifies the Lord for looking on her humble estate, and granting her favor in the hearts and minds of generations to come. She declared that God has shown strength with his arm, scattering the proud while exalting the lowly and humble. He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty. God has remembered his covenant with his people Israel, and with Abraham and his offspring. The faithful God has kept his word and will bring deliverance to his people Israel, to his church, and to his creation forevermore. THIS WEEK’S THEME Let Us Magnify the Lord, Luke 1.46b-55


D aily D evotional G uide P reparing O ur H earts Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation

Eternal Father, whose coming in Jesus Christ for our salvation was promised beforehand through inspired prophets; we praise and bless thee for the gracious words which thou hast spoken through those thy servants who apprehended thy truth and thy righteousness, and set forth thy glory in unfading scriptures for our guidance and comfort. Forgive us, we beseech thee, if we have neglected thy revelation and

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