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Luke 1:47-55 Sermon Commentary

Advent 3B

Notes and Observations While this is obviously not what’s popularly called a psalm, it is Luke’s record of Mary’s song of praise to God upon learning that she’s pregnant by the Holy Spirit with Jesus.  Since it’s quite familiar to most worshipers, those who preach and teach Luke 1:47-55 may want to think about some…

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Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 Sermon Commentary

Advent 2B

Comments, Observations, and Questions to Consider Psalm 85 is essentially a prayer for God to restore God’s people.  It, in fact, uses the word “restore” twice.  In verse 1 the poet recalls how God “restored the fortunes of Jacob.”  And in verse 4 she pleads, “Restore us again, O God our Savior, and put away…

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Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 Sermon Commentary

Advent 1B

Notes and Observations You might think Psalm 80’s poet addresses Yahweh the way you’d address a napping grandfather: Wake up, Grandpa.  Listen to me.  I need you to help me.  Yet the one to whom the psalmist speaks is no drooling, doddering geriatric.  The poet clearly thinks of the Lord not only as a shepherd,…

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