The following reading is largely drawn from Psalm 113, Amos 8:4-7 And Luke 1
Psalm 113, Amos 8:4-7 are two of the readings for this coming Sunday.
Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.
My soul magnifies the Lord.
Hear this, you who say, “When will the new moon be over, that we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, that we may offer wheat for sale?”
Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord be praised!
Hear this, you who trample on the needy and bring the poor of the land to an end. “That we may buy the poor for silver and the needy for a pair sandals and sell the chaff of the wheat?”
Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap.
He has looked on the humble estate of his servant…for he who is mighty has done great things for me and holy is his name. He has filled the hungry with good things.
He has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones…and the rich he has sent empty away.
For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
Hear this, you who…make the ephah small and the shekel great and deal deceitfully with false balances.
The Lord has sworn…” Surely I will never forget their deeds.”
He raises the poor…to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people.
He has exalted those of humble estate.
I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children.
After these days Elizabeth conceived, saying, “Thus The Lord has done for me in the days when it looked on me, to take away my reproach among people… “When the sound of your greeting came to my ears (Mary), the baby in my womb leaped for joy.”
Yet she will be saved through childbearing…
My spirit rejoices in God my Savior
Luke – Matthew:
And (Mary) gave birth to her firstborn son, and (Joseph) called his name Jesus.
Praise the Lord! O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord!
Lord, Jesus, surrendering the brightness of your glory, you became mortal so that we might be raised from the dust to share your very being. May the children of God always bless your name from the rising of the sun to its going down, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.
Praise the Lord!