During our regular “in person” worship, we read and Old Testament lesson, a psalm, a New Testament lesson, and a Gospel lesson. Since we’ve been worshiping online, I thought it was best to keep the service to about 30 minutes to keep the attention of those watching. So, I decided to only read the psalm together with your responsively and the Gospel since I almost always preach from that. Each week as I prepare for my sermon, I read all those lessons because they usually tie together in some way. So, I’d like to share with you the Old Testament lesson for this Sunday.
Isaiah 55:10-13 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it. For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall be to the Lord for a memorial, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
In this reading from Isaiah, God says God’s word has a job to do. God says the word goes out from God’s mouth and will not return empty. Then it says we will go out with joy…with God’s word within us and then some amazing things will happen; we will be led back in peace, the mountains will sing, the trees will clap their hands! Can you imagine that?!?! This is all a reminder of God’s love for us!
“See” you Sunday!