| Audrey Logan and Brooke Miller read Luke 1:39-45 | Anna Bolton sings Joy to the World | Ben shares a meditation on the joy of the Holy Spirit |
A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town where Zechariah lived. She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth. At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.” [Luke 1:39-45]
Here we already have the joy of a promise kept. Gabriel had promised that Elizabeth's son John would be filled with the Holy Spirit before he was even born.