Just a reminder about the upcoming service on Friday the 25th at 7:00 pm. Fellowship and food afterward?
Unable to attend? Do not forget you may glance at the readings and use the collect for the day in your devotions.
This Friday will be exactly nine months before the Nativity of our Lord. Of course nine months before every birth is the conception of the child.
I am completely fascinated by the day because it is the true ‘Feast of the Incarnation’ rather than the Nativity. Mind you it is very appropriate and certainly beneficial to think upon the Incarnation during Christmastide, but this day (the day of the Annunciation), this day, assuming the promised work of the Holy Spirit is immediate, the Word of God mysteriously becomes flesh in a nearly microscopic size and for nine months He is woven and formed in the womb.
We always joy when a couple announces the discovery of a child growing in the womb. So on this day the Church again rejoices at Gabriel’s announcement which answers nearly four thousand years of promise, ‘…and thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.’ If we listen closely we might also hear the deep eternal voice of God, ‘Thou art My Son; this day have I begotten Thee,’ the earthy temporal begetting in some way articulating Love’s eternal begetting.
The bright celebration of the Annunciation is too often overlooked or subdued as we focus faithfully on fasting and fix our eyes on Holy Week. But one of its many lessons adds joy and hope to the Lenten season. Jesus the Anointed One takes our nature upon Him. He is ‘very Man’ and so: ‘ …we do not have a high Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.’ Hebrews 4:15
I hope this day becomes a larger and much anticipated day for us as the decade unfolds.
I look forward to seeing you Friday!