He has come to the aid of Israel . . . , just as he spoke to our forefathers.—Luke 1:54, 55.
Those words reveal that Mary knew the inspired Scriptures well. Her words seem to echo some that were spoken in prayer by Hannah, the mother of the prophet Samuel. (1 Sam. 2:1-10) By one estimate, Mary made some 20 references to the Scriptures in her speech. Clearly, she was a woman who spoke freely about spiritual things. Mary drew liberally from the treasure trove in her heart, a storehouse of precious truths that she had learned from her greatest Friend, Jehovah God. Like Mary, we may at times find that we receive assignments from Jehovah that seem challenging. Like her, let us humbly put ourselves in Jehovah’s hands, trusting in him to act in our best interests. We can imitate Mary’s faith by listening carefully to what we are learning about Jehovah and his purposes, by meditating on spiritual truths, and by joyously telling others about what we have learned.—Ps. 77:11, 12; Luke 8:18; Rom. 10:15. w16.02 2:17, 18
Song 98 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“Jehovah’s Word Comes True in Every Detail”: (10 min.)
Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.)
What has this week’s Bible reading taught you about Jehovah?
What other spiritual gems have you discovered in this week’s Bible reading?
Bible Reading: (4 min. or less) Jer 51:1-11
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
Prepare This Month’s Presentations: (15 min.) Discussion based on “Sample Presentations.” Play each presentation video, and then discuss the highlights. Encourage publishers to show the householder information on jw.org under BIBLE TEACHINGS > HELP FOR THE FAMILY.
LIVING AS CHRISTIANS
“How Strong Is Your Faith in Jehovah’s Promises?”: (15 min.) Questions and answers. Encourage all to discuss Bible prophecies with fellow believers from time to time with the goal of strengthening one another’s faith.—Ro 1:11, 12.
Congregation Bible Study: (30 min.) kr chap. 13 ¶24-32
Review Followed by Preview of Next Week (3 min.)
Song 8 and Prayer