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 - God’s promised peace
17For see, I am creating new heavens and a new earth — so wonderful that no one will even think about the old ones anymore. 18Be glad; rejoice forever in my creation. Look! I will re-create Jerusalem as a place of happiness, and her people shall be a joy! 19And I will rejoice in Jerusalem and in my people; and the voice of weeping and crying shall not be heard there anymore.
20No longer will babies die when only a few days old; no longer will men be considered old at 100! Only sinners will die that young!
23Their harvests will not be eaten by their enemies; their children will not be born to be cannon fodder. For they are the children of those the Lord has blessed; and their children, too, shall be blessed. 24I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking to me about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers! 25The wolf and lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw as the ox does, and poisonous snakes shall strike no more!a In those days nothing and no one shall be hurt or destroyed in all my holy mountain, says the Lord.. . . . .Isaiah 65:17-20,23-25
- Literally, “dust [not men!] shall be the serpent’s food.”
Almighty and merciful God,
we have sinned against you,
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with all our heart.
We have not loved others
as our Saviour Christ loves us.
We are truly sorry.
In your mercy forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may delight in your will
and walk in your ways,
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.