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PRAYERS & READINGS

Psalm 27

ALL: 1 The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?

LEADER: 4 One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek:

ALL: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,

to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.

LEADER: 5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling;

he will hide me in the shelter of his holiness and set me high upon a rock.

ALL: 7 Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me.

LEADER: 8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.

ALL: 13 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

LEADER: 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord!

Psalm 1

Leader: 1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.
ALL: 2 But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.
Leader: 3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season.
ALL: Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do.
Leader: 4 But not the wicked!
They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. 5 They will be condemned at the time of judgment.
Sinners will have no place among the godly.
ALL: 6 For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.

Psalm 34:1-10

Leader: 1 I will praise the Lord at all times.
I will constantly speak his praises.
ALL: 2 I will boast only in the Lord;
let all who are helpless take heart.
Leader: 3 Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together.
ALL: 4 I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.
Leader: 5 Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;
no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
ALL: 6 In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;
he saved me from all my troubles.
Leader: 8 Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
ALL: 9 Fear the Lord, you his godly people,
for those who fear him will have all they need.
Leader: 10 Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.
ALL: 2 I will boast only in the Lord;
let all who are helpless take heart. 

Psalm 118:19-25

Leader: 19 Open to me the gates of righteousness,

    that I may enter through them

    and give thanks to the Lord.

ALL: 20 This is the gate of the Lord;

    the righteous shall enter through it.

Leader: 21 I thank you that you have answered me

    and have become my salvation.

ALL: 22 The stone that the builders rejected

    has become the cornerstone.

Leader: 23 This is the Lord’s doing;

    it is marvelous in our eyes.

ALL: 24 This is the day that the Lord has made;

    let us rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Save us, we pray, O Lord!

    O Lord, we pray, give us success!

Ephesians 1:3-14

Leader: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

ALL: We worship him together! 

Leader: Our God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world,

ALL: We worship him together! 

Leader: Our God adopted us as children through Jesus Christ,

ALL: We worship him together! 

Leader: Our God forgave our sins according to the riches of His grace,

ALL: We worship him together! 

Leader: Our God made known to us the mystery of his will.

ALL: We worship him together! 

Leader: This is our God!  

ALL: We worship him together!

Psalm 116 & 117

Psalm 116:1–4

Leader:  1 I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; 

he heard my cry for mercy. 

ALL:  2 Because he turned his ear to me, 

I will call on him as long as I live. 

Leader:  3 The cords of death entangled me, 

the anguish of the grave came over me; 

I was overcome by distress and sorrow. 

ALL:  4 Then I called on the name of the Lord: 

“Lord, save me!”

Psalm 117:1–2

Leader: 1 Praise the Lord, all you nations; 

extol him, all you peoples. 

ALL:  2 For great is his love toward us, 

and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. 

Praise the Lord! 

Isaiah 57:15-19

Leader: 15 This is what the high and exalted One says— 

         he who lives forever, whose name is holy: 

ALL: “I live in a high and holy place, 

         but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, 

         to revive the spirit of the lowly 

         and to revive the heart of the contrite. 

Leader: 16 I will not accuse them forever, 

         nor will I always be angry, 

         for then they would faint away because of me— 

         the very people I have created. 

ALL: 17 I was enraged by their sinful greed; 

         I punished them, and hid my face in anger, 

         yet they kept on in their willful ways. 

Leader: 18 I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; 

         I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel’s mourners, 

19 creating praise on their lips. 

ALL:   Peace, peace, to those far and near,” 

         says the LORD. “And I will heal them.”

Isaiah 35

Isaiah 35:3–10 (NLT)

Leader: 3 Strengthen those who have tired hands, 

and encourage those who have weak knees. 

ALL: 4 Say to those with fearful hearts, 

“Be strong, and do not fear, 

for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. 

He is coming to save you.” 

Leader: 5 And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind 

and unplug the ears of the deaf. 

ALL: 6 The lame will leap like a deer, 

and those who cannot speak will sing for joy! 

Springs will gush forth in the wilderness, 

and streams will water the wasteland. 

Leader: 7 The parched ground will become a pool, 

and springs of water will satisfy the thirsty land. 

ALL: 8 And a great road will go through that once deserted land. 

It will be named the Highway of Holiness. 

Evil-minded people will never travel on it. 

It will be only for those who walk in God’s ways; 

Leader: 9 Lions will not lurk along the road, 

nor any other ferocious beasts. 

There will be no other dangers. 

Only the redeemed will walk on it. 

ALL: 10 Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return. 

They will be crowned with everlasting joy. 

Sorrow and mourning will disappear, 

and they will be filled with joy and gladness.

John 10:14-18

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, 15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd. 

17 “The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. 18 No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.” 

John 11:45-53

45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him, 46 but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” 49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. 50 Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” 51 He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53 So from that day on they made plans to put him to death.

Revelation 15:2-4

Leader:  2 And I saw what looked like a sea of glass glowing with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name. They held harps given them by God 3 and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb:

ALL: Great and amazing are your deeds,

O Lord God Almighty!

Just and true are your ways, 

O King of the nations!

4 Who will not fear, O Lord,

and glorify your name?

For you alone are holy.

All nations will come and worship you,

for your righteous acts have been revealed.

1 John 4:7-16

Leader: 7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. 

All:  Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.
8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 

Leader: 9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.

All:  10 This is real love—not that we loved God,
but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 

Leader: 11 Dear friends, because God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.

All:  12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other,
God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. 

Leader: 13 And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. 

All:  15 All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God.
16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. 

 

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