PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP,
May 3, 2020
OLD TESTAMENT: Isaiah
whom then will you compare me,
I should be like him? says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on
high and see:
He who brings out their host by number,
them all by name;
by the greatness of his might
because he is strong in power,
one is missing.
do you say, O Jacob,
speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
my right is disregarded by my God”?
28 Have you not known? Have
you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the
to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint
and be weary,
young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for
the Lord shall renew their
shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
shall walk and not faint.
EPISTLE: 1 Peter 2:11-20
I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the
flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep
your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you
as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of
Submission to Authority
subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether
it be to the emperor as
supreme, 14 or
to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who
do good. 15 For
this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the
ignorance of foolish people. 16 Live
as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil,
but living as servants of
God. 17 Honor
everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but
also to the unjust. 19 For
this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while
suffering unjustly. 20 For
what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if
when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the
sight of God.
HOLY GOSPEL: John
Your Sorrow Will Turn into Joy
little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you
will see me.” 17 So some
of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A
little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will
see me’; and, ‘because
I am going to the Father’?” 18 So
they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a
little while’? We
do not know what he is talking about.” 19 Jesus
knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Is
this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and
you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? 20 Truly,
truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You
will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. 21 When
a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she
has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a
human being has been born into the world. 22 So
also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will
rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.
Altar during Epiphany, 2019
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