The Desert Shall Bloom

The desert shall rejoice and blossom;
it shall rejoice with gladness and singing.
The glory of the Lord shall be revealed:
and the majesty of our God.
Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened:
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then shall the lame leap like the hart:
and the tongue of the dumb shall sing for joy.
For waters shall break forth in the wilderness:
and streams in the desert.
The ransomed of the Lord shall return:
and come with singing,
with everlasting joy upon their heads.
They shall obtain joy and gladness:
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Old Testament Reading - The way of the Lord


1“Comfort, yes, comfort my people,” says your God. 2“Speak tenderly to Jerusalem and tell her that her sad days are gone. Her sins are pardoned, and I have punished her in full for all her sins.”

3Listen! I hear the voice of someone shouting, “Make a road for the Lord through the wilderness; make him a straight, smooth road through the desert. 4Fill the valleys; level the hills; straighten out the crooked paths, and smooth off the rough spots in the road. 5The glory of the Lord will be seen by all mankind together.” The Lord has spoken — it shall be.

6The voice says, “Shout!”

“What shall I shout?” I asked.

“Shout that man is like the grass that dies away, and all his beauty fades like dying flowers. 7The grass withers, the flower fades beneath the breath of God. And so it is with fragile man. 8The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God shall stand forever.”

. . . . . Isaiah 40:1-8


Please remember our Prayer Requests

O God, be merciful to us and bless us;
show us the light of your countenance and come to us.
Lord, have mercy. E te Ariki, kia aroha mai.
Let your ways be known upon earth,
your saving help among the nations.
Christ, have mercy. E te Karaiti, kia aroha mai.
Let the peoples praise you,
O God, let all the peoples praise you.
Lord, have mercy. E te Ariki, kia aroha mai.