Isaiah 35:3–10

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.

Based on Isaiah 9

Leader: The people walking in darkness have seen a great light. 

​​Jésus tu es la lumière du monde! (French)

ALL: Jesus you are the light of the world! 

Leader: He judges the people with righteousness and defends the cause of the poor.

Yesu wewe ni nuru ya ulimwengu! (Swahili)

ALL: Jesus you are the light of the world! 

Leader: He breaks the chains of slavery and removes all our burdens.

​​Jésus tu es la lumière du monde! (French)

ALL: Jesus you are the light of the world! 

Leader: His government and its peace will never end.

Yesu woe nye xexeame pe kekeli! (Ewe)

ALL: Jesus you are the light of the world! 

Leader: We are here to give Him all honor, glory, and praise.

​​Jésus tu es la lumière du monde! Nous vous adorons aujourd’hui! (French)

ALL: Jesus you are the light of the world! We worship you today! 

From Isaiah 56

Leader: The Lord says to His people: “Maintain justice, and do what is right, for My salvation is coming soon, and My righteousness will be revealed.

People: “Blessed is the one who keeps the Sabbath, and keeps his hands from evil.”

Leader: The Lord says: “To those who keep My sabbath, who choose the things that please Me and hold fast My covenant, I will give them an everlasting name that will endure forever.”

People: And foreigners will join themselves to the Lord, to worship Him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be His servants…

Leader: The Lord says: “I will bring them to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer. My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”

People: Let us now worship the Lord of all nations. He is worthy of our praise! 

Isaiah 53:5-9

Leader: He was oppressed and afflicted, 
  yet he did not open his mouth; 
  he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, 
  and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, 
  so he did not open his mouth. 

ALL: We all, like sheep, have gone astray, 
  each of us has turned to our own way; 
  and the Lord has laid on him 
  the iniquity of us all.

Leader: He was assigned a grave with the wicked, 
  and with the rich in his death, 
  though he had done no violence, 
  nor was any deceit in his mouth. 

ALL: But he was pierced for our transgressions, 
  he was crushed for our iniquities; 
  the punishment that brought us peace was on him, 
  and by his wounds we are healed!

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.”