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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.

The Word:

(Click on the links below to read Sunday's passages)

Psalm 126

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.


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