Getting Ready for the Fifth Sunday in Lent
Reflection on the Word in our Worship
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
-Isaiah 43:18-19a (ESV)
Isaiah derives his pictures from the Red Sea event (Exod. 14) and from the wonders of that earlier wilderness journey (Exod. 15–17), but he issues an important reminder: the past can teach and illustrate but it must not bind. The Lord always has greater things in store; he is revealed in the past, but he is always more than the past revealed. -J. Alec Mother
The Collect of the Week
Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of this world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
(Click on the links below to read Sunday's passages)
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 43:16-21
Psalm 126 (below playlist)
New Testament Reading: Philippians 3:7-16
Gospel Reading: Luke 20:9-19
1 When the Lord overturned the captivity of Zion, *
then were we like those who dream.
2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter *
and our tongue with shouts of joy.
3 Then they said among the nations, *
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
4 Indeed, the Lord has done great things for us already, *
whereof we rejoice.
5 Overturn our captivity, O Lord, *
as when streams refresh the deserts of the south.
6 Those who sow in tears *
shall reap with songs of joy.
7 He who goes on his way weeping and bears good seed *
shall doubtless come again with joy,
and bring his sheaves with him.