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"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed . . ."

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    References:

  • 2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16
  • Luke 1:47–55 (UMH 199)
  • Romans 16:25–27
  • Luke 1:26–38

"For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

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    References:

  • Isaiah 9:2–7
  • Psalm 96 (UMH 815)
  • Titus 2:11-14
  • Luke 2:1–20

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him . . ."

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    References:

  • Isaiah 52:7–10
  • Psalm 98 (UMH 818)
  • Hebrews 1:1–4 (5–12)
  • John 1:1–14

"But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children" (Galatians 4:4-5, NRSV).

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    References:

  • Isaiah 61:10-62:3
  • Psalm 148
  • Galatians 4:4-7
  • Luke 2:22-40

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted. . ."

    References:

  • Ecclesiastes 3:1-13
  • Psalm 8 (UMH 743)
  • Revelation 21:1-6a
  • Matthew 25:31-46

"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband."

    References:

  • New Year's Day
  • Ecclesiastes 3:1-13
  • Psalm 8 (UMH 743)
  • Revelation 21:1-6a
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