Thursday, January 20, 2022

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Second Week After Epiphany, Thursday, January 20, 2022

Isaiah 61:1-7
The Lord GOD has put [their] Spirit in me,
    because the LORD has appointed me to tell the good news to the poor.
    [The LORD] has sent me to comfort those whose hearts are broken,
to tell the captives they are free,
    and to tell the prisoners they are released.
[The LORD] has sent me to announce the time when the LORD will show [their] kindness
    and the time when our God will punish evil people.
[The LORD] has sent me to comfort all those who are sad
and to help the sorrowing people of Jerusalem.
I will give them a crown to replace their ashes,
    and the oil of gladness to replace their sorrow,
    and clothes of praise to replace their spirit of sadness.
Then they will be called Trees of Goodness,
    trees planted by the LORD to show [the LORD’s] greatness.

They will rebuild the old ruins
    and restore the places destroyed long ago.
They will repair the ruined cities
    that were destroyed for so long.

My people, foreigners will come to tend your sheep.
    People from other countries will tend your fields and vineyards.
You will be called priests of the LORD;
    you will be named the servants of our God.
You will have riches from all the nations on earth,
    and you will take pride in them.
Instead of being ashamed, my people will receive twice as much wealth.
    Instead of being disgraced, they will be happy because of what they receive.
They will receive a double share of the land,
    so their happiness will continue forever.
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

We admit to you in this sacred prayer space that we have been overcome at times with grief, sorrow, despair, fear, and even anger. We are poor in so many ways. But your embrace is warm and comforting. You remind us of your promises, desires, and blessings that are showering upon us.

Loving Yahweh, thank you for this precious time together. Thank you for the people you have placed in our lives who sing your good news, who give comfort and encouragement to rise out of the ashes and ruins. You clothe us in praise so we can be full of grace and strength and be who you created us to be. We join with you as you restore and rebuild us. We too sing your songs of praise that call forth people to live in your loving freedom.

I see your blessings all around me today, O LORD, and thank you for…

We step onto our paths today as your royal priesthood. You call us to encourage and greet each other in a good way. With our eyes on you, we step forward with joy.

With joy we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 19:1-14
Romans 7:1-6

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