Please remember that we are gathering this evening to begin our two-week Advent study of Luke’s infancy narrative. This week we are discussing Luke 1. If you have time today, read through the concluding chapter of Luke’s gospel (Luke 24) and see how Luke brings his opening full circle. Chapter 1 begins with Zacharias offering sacrifice in the temple, and this chapter is focused on Gabriel’s messages that that which has been spoken of in the Old Testament is now coming to fruition. Luke’s Gospel ends the same way. As you may recall, the primary resurrection appearance in Luke occurs on the Road to Emmaus. It is here that Jesus, “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.” And Luke ends his gospel stating that the disciples “Returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the Temple blessing God.” Luke begins and ends in the Temple, and begins and ends with the understanding of Jesus as the fulfillment of the Scriptures.
Dinner is at 6. The menu is garlic oven-fried chicken. If you haven’t joined us in a while, please come back for Advent. No prior reading is required, only suggested. Discussion about 6:45. Hope to see you here. Next week will be our last gathering for the calendar year, and we will come together again on Epiphany.
Your love, O LORD, forever will I sing; *Psalm 89:1-4
from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
For I am persuaded that your love is established for ever; *
you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens.
“I have made a covenant with my chosen one; *
I have sworn an oath to David my servant:
‘I will establish your line for ever, *
and preserve your throne for all generations.’”