Friday: Preparation for the Sixth Sunday in Lent

Friday: Preparation for the Sixth Sunday in Lent

Hebrew Scripture Lesson from the Latter Prophets: Jeremiah 33:1-9

The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still confined in the court of the guard: Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it—the Lord is his name: Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city and the houses of the kings of Judah that were torn down to make a defense against the siege-ramps and before the sword: The Chaldeans are coming in to fight and to fill them with the dead bodies of those whom I shall strike down in my anger and my wrath, for I have hidden my face from this city because of all their wickedness. I am going to bring it recovery and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security. I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel, and rebuild them as they were at first. I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, and I will forgive all the guilt of their sin and rebellion against me. And this city shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and a glory before all the nations of the earth who shall hear of all the good that I do for them; they shall fear and tremble because of all the good and all the prosperity I provide for it.

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
 his steadfast love endures forever!
Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”

Open to me the gates of righteousness,
 that I may enter through them
 and give thanks to the Lord.

This is the gate of the Lord;
 the righteous shall enter through it.

I thank you that you have answered me
 and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected
 has become the chief cornerstone.
This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the Lord has made;
 let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Save us, we beseech you, O Lord! O Lord,
 we beseech you, give us success!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
 We bless you from the house of the Lord.
The Lord is God, and he has given us light.
Bind the festal procession with branches,
 up to the horns of the altar.
You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
 you are my God, I will extol you.

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
 for his steadfast love endures forever.

New Testament Epistle Lesson: Philippians 2:12-18

Shine Like Stars

Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Do all things without murmuring and arguing, so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world. It is by your holding fast to the word of life that I can boast on the day of Christ that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. But even if I am being poured out as a libation over the sacrifice and the offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you—and in the same way you also must be glad and rejoice with me.

Year B Lent 6 Friday

Bible verses from The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All right reserved.

Selections from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright 1995 by the Consultation on Common Texts.

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