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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 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! 

Psalm 126

French Leader: 1 Quand l’Éternel ramena les captifs de Sion,
  Nous étions comme ceux qui font un rêve.

English Leader: 1 When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, 
  it was like a dream! 

ALL: 2 We were filled with laughter, 
  and we sang for joy. 

French Leader:  2 Alors on disait parmi les nations:
  L’Éternel a fait pour eux de grandes choses!

English Leader:  2 And the other nations said, 
  “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.” 

ALL: 3 Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy! 
  4 Restore our fortunes, Lord, as streams renew the desert. 

French Leader: 5 Ceux qui sèment avec larmes 
  Moissonneront avec chants d’allégresse.

English Leader: 5 Those who plant in tears 
  will harvest with shouts of joy. 

ALL: 6 They weep as they go to plant their seed, 
  but they sing as they return with the harvest.

Psalm 67

Leader: 1 May God be merciful and bless us. 
  May his face smile with favor on us. 

ALL: 2 May your ways be known throughout the earth, 
  your saving power among people everywhere. 

  3 May the nations praise you, O God. 
  Yes, may all the nations praise you. 

Leader: 4 Let the whole world sing for joy, 
  because you govern the nations with justice 
  and guide the people of the whole world. 

ALL: 5 May the nations praise you, O God. 
  Yes, may all the nations praise you. 

Leader: 6 Then the earth will yield its harvests, 
  and God, our God, will richly bless us. 

ALL: 7 Yes, God will bless us, 
  and people all over the world will fear him.

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