Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
The Sovereign Lord has filled me with his Spirit.
He has chosen me and sent me
To bring good news to the poor,
To heal the broken-hearted,
To announce release to captives and freedom to those in prison.
He has sent me to proclaim
That the time has come
When the Lord will save his people and defeat their enemies.
He has sent me to comfort all who mourn, to give to those who mourn in Zion
Joy and gladness instead of grief,
A song of praise instead of sorrow.
They will be like trees that the Lord himself has planted.
They will all do what is right, and God will be praised for what he has done.
They will rebuild cities that have long been in ruins.
The Lord says,
“I love justice and I hate oppression and crime.
I will faithfully reward my people and make an eternal covenant with them.
They will be famous among the nations;
Everyone who sees them will know that they are a people whom I have blessed.”
Jerusalem rejoices because of what the Lord has done.
She is like a bride dressed for her wedding.
God has clothed her with salvation and victory.
As surely as seeds sprout and grow, the Sovereign Lord will save his people,
and all the nations will praise him.
Prayer: A Newly Sprouted Seed
Call to us again, O God,
For we do not hear you in our hearts.
Tell us your story again, O Christ,
For our understanding is fleeting.
Sing to us again, O Spirit,
For we are not in harmony with you.
As delicate as a newly sprouting seed,
Our faith needs tending.
May we nurture the garden of our lives
So that the community of which we are a part,
Flourishes with justice, equity, welcome and hospitality.
May we be satisfied with enough
And generous with open hands.
May neighbours be our family,
And our living be of benefit to all.
Then we will rejoice with you in song, O Spirit,
And tell of your continuing story, O Christ,
Because we hear it deep in our hearts, O God. Amen
1 Thess 5:16-24 Be joyful always, pray at all times, be thankful in all circumstances.
© Rev Anne Hewitt, 9/12/20
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