Invitation — Psalm 130:5
"I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope."
Bible Song — Psalm 89:1-4
I will sing of the Lord's great love forever;
with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known
through all generations.
I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.
You said, "I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David my servant,
'I will establish your line forever
and make your throne firm through all generations.'"
Bible Reading — Isaiah 63:16; 64:1, 6-9
But you are our Father, though Abraham does not know us or Israel acknowledge us; you, Lord, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name...
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! ...
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and have given us over to our sins.
Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
Do not be angry beyond measure, Lord; do not remember our sins forever. Oh, look on us, we pray, for we are all your people.
Read again slowly ... find a word or phrase that catches your eye or moves your heart ... slowly repeat it ... pray your thoughts, desires, needs, and feelings from your meditation ... enjoy the presence of your Lord and Savior.
- for spiritual renewal and a deep sense of repentance
- for the gifts and fruit of the Spirit in us
- for a gentle witness and a readiness to give a reason for the hope within us
Prayer — BC 37
God of all hope, in Jesus your salvation broke into our world, and his return gives purpose to our living in this broken world. Make me ready for that day when he comes again with great glory and majesty to judge the living and the dead, renewing and cleansing this tired world, making everything new. Make me ready for that future day by living hopefully today. In the name of our soon arriving Savior, amen.
Blessing — Revelation 22:20-21
"Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people."