Cornerstone URC




December 19, 2021

Luke 2:28-40

28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, 
29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; 
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation 
31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” 
33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 
34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 
35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” 
36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 
37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 
38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.

The Return to Nazareth

39 And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 
40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.