I’m not sure what you think of angels. Are they real? Do they have a halo and wings?
I remember in the mid-1990’s there was CBS supernatural drama television series called, “Touched by An Angel.” The episodes generally revolved around the “cases” of Monica (played by Roma Downey), a young angel recently promoted from the “search and rescue” division, who works under the guidance of Tess (played by Della Reese). Tess is more of a surrogate mother than a mentor. Monica, in one episode, outlines that she started in the choir then annunciations, followed by search and rescue and then case work. Most cases involve a single person or a group of people who are at a crossroads in their life, facing a large problem or tough decision. Monica and Tess bring messages of hope from God and help give them guidance toward making their decision.
Our scripture lesson this Sunday has the angel Gabriel making an appearance to a young teenage girl by the name of Mary. He makes a “divine announcement” that she is pregnant. You talk about a “supernatural birth drama” about to unfold. The scriptures say she was perplexed. Anyone would be if you heard an angel from on high speak these words. She asked the angel Gabriel “how can this be?”
We are in the second week of Advent and into our preaching series titled “Unwrapping Christmas.” We will dig deeper into this story of Mary and the angel found in Luke 1: 26-38. Come and hear how Mary handles this dramatic event in her young life. She does something quite remarkable with this angel announcement. What might we learn from this story?
I look forward to seeing you in worship on Sunday!