Sunday worship – 16th December 2018

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Readings:  Matthew 1:18-25     Luke 1:26-38

Suzanne displayed an image of ‘The Annunciation’ by American artist, Henry Ossawa Turner (1898).

We reflected on the young girl sat on a bed with hands clasped in a dim room, gazing at a bright light at the foot of the bed.  This was his representation of Angel Gabriel visiting Mary.  Mary an ordinary person finding a connection with God.

Suzanne asked if we live our lives by a given script, was it meant to be or like in panto do we go off script? What was the script for Mary? Protect her reputation, get married and have children. Whilst Joseph as a good Jewish man would do their bit for the community, find a girl with a good reputation, get married and have children.  Neith Mary nor Joseph stuck to the script!

The narrative around Mary and Joseph contains a hint of danger and threats, if not to Mary and Joseph, to their families. In this  case God intervenes.

Mary does not accept disgrace because she listens to God which we can do with practice without conforming to cultural expectations.

 

 

 

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