Bless the Lord, whose name is to be praised,
Our Father who art in heaven,
who has given us his laws,
to show us the error of our ways,
Blessed is his son, Christ the Messiah,
who redeemed us from having broken them.
Blessed are you, O Holy Spirit,
who assists us in sinning no more,
and sustains us in the way of the Lord,
grant us wisdom and understanding this day.
Old Testament Reading - An Invitation to Abundant Life
1Say there! Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink — even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine and milk — it’s all free! 2Why spend your money on food that doesn’t give you strength? Why pay for groceries that do you no good? Listen and I’ll tell you where to get good food that fattens up the soul!
3Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, for the life of your soul is at stake. I am ready to make an everlasting covenant with you, to give you all the unfailing mercies and love that I had for King David.a 4He proved my power by conquering foreign nations.b 5You also will command the nations, and they will come running to obey, not because of your own power or virtue, but because I, the Lord your God, have glorified you.
6Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call upon him now while he is near. 7Let men cast off their wicked deeds; let them banish from their minds the very thought of doing wrong! Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy upon them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon! 8This plan of mine is not what you would work out, neither are my thoughts the same as yours! 9For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than yours, and my thoughts than yours.
10As the rain and snow come down from heaven and stay upon the ground to water the earth, and cause the grain to grow and to produce seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry, 11so also is my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It shall accomplish all I want it to and prosper everywhere I send it.. . . . .Isaiah 55:1-11
- See 2 Samuel 7 for the terms of God’s covenant with David here remembered.
Please remember our Prayer Requests
We pray for all people in their daily life and work;
For our families, friends, and neighbours
and for those who are alone.
For this community,
and the world;
For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.
Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great.