Wednesday Night Worship and Soup Suppers at Reformation during Advent
We meet Mary in the Gospel of Luke when the angel Gabriel announces to her that she will miraculously conceive a son, Jesus, who is the Son of God (Luke 1:26-38). The angel Gabriel also told Mary that Elizabeth, a relative of hers who was beyond child-bearing years, had also conceived a son: “For nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).
After the angel left her, Mary journeyed to a town in the hill country of Judea to see Elizabeth. This account, known as the Visitation, is where we find the Magnificat, Mary’s song of praise to God. The name Magnificat comes from the Latin verb magnifico, which means to magnify, praise, or glorify. This is the first word in the Latin version of Mary’s song: Magnificat anima mea Dominum, “My soul magnifies the Lord” (Luke 1:46).
The Magnificat is a magnificent hymn of praise to God. As one who receives God’s unmerited grace, Mary declares, “My soul magnifies the Lord” (Luke 1:46). For everything that God has done and has promised to do, Mary gives God the glory rather than magnifying herself for being chosen to give birth to the Son of God. Mary’s song of praise powerfully proclaims: Soli Deo gloria! To God alone be the glory! The Magnificat is a true song of praise that gives glory to God alone. And it is Mary’s Soli Deo gloria. The key to understanding the Magnificat is found in the world “alone.” “To God alone be the glory” means that none of the glory is reserved for the pious pilgrim on a glory road and none is reserved even for Mary herself. To God alone be the glory means exactly that: the glory is God’s alone. Why? Because the event of salvation, beginning with incarnation of Jesus Christ of which Mary sings, is accomplished by God’s grace alone. Therefore, the great account in the New Testament of the miraculous conception and birth of Jesus Christ—which certainly involves Mary—is all to the glory of God.
This Advent, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus, join us on Wednesday nights in December at 7:00pm (December 6, 13 & 20) for our midweek Advent worship services. We will focus on this song of praise called the Magnificat and see how it leads us to give all glory to God alone for sending his Son into the world to be our Savior!
Join us for soup supper fellowships in the gym at 5:30pm and then join us in the church at 7:00pm for the Advent services. Feel free to bring small children in their pajamas. We aim to keep the services to 30-40 minutes, including the time set aside for our traditional favorite Christmas hymns and carols sing-a-long.
Reformation Church Service Times
- Sundays at 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM
- Contemporary Worship services are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month at 10:30 AM.
- Kids4Christ and Bible Classes at 9:30 AM.
4670 Mt Abernathy Avenue
San Diego, CA 92117
Phone: (858) 279-3311