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But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in clouds' with great power and glory (Mark 13:24-26).

    References:

  • Isaiah 64:1–9
  • Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19 (UMH 801)
  • 1 Corinthians 1:3–9
  • Mark 13:24–37

"Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight."

    References:

  • Isaiah 40:1–11
  • Psalm 85:1–2, 8–13 (UMH 806)
  • 2 Peter 3:8–15a
  • Mark 1:1–8

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

    References:

  • Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11
  • Psalm 126 (UMH 847)
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16–24
  • John 1:6–8, 19–28

"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 . . ."

    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."

    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 . . ."

    References:

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