Scripture Passage:Luke 1:5-25
Incense was offered before the daily morning sacrifice and after the evening sacrifice so that the “sacrifices might go up to God wrapped in an envelope of sweet-smelling incense.” Zechariah would have stood alone in the holy place with the altar of incense before him. After lighting the incense, he would have bowed to worship, but he was interrupted.
—Jan Johnson, Taste and See: Experiencing the Stories of Advent and Christmas (Upper Room Books, 2014)
How might Zechariah have felt when his name was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and offer incense? Join the conversation.
Once when [Zechariah] was serving as priest before God and his section
was on duty, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the
priesthood, to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and offer incense.
—Luke 1:8-9 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Let us release the cares of our day,
and open our eyes to the wonder of God.
With an attitude of empathy to people of another time,
let us open our hearts and minds to God.
Let us prepare to experience God’s word to us
through the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer by Jan Johnson
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