Saturday: Preparation for Pentecost Sunday

Hebrew Scripture Lesson from The Torah: Exodus 15:6-11

Crossing of the Red Sea

[Moses and the Israelites sing to the Lord]

“Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power—
 your right hand, O Lord, shattered the enemy.
In the greatness of your majesty you overthrew your adversaries;
 you sent out your fury, it consumed them like stubble.
At the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up,
 the floods stood up in a heap;
 the deeps congealed in the heart of the sea.
The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake,
 I will divide the spoil, my desire shall have its fill of them.
 I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.’
You blew with your wind, the sea covered them;
 they sank like lead in the mighty waters.

“Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods?
 Who is like you, majestic in holiness,
 awesome in splendor, doing wonders?”

Psalm 33:12-22

Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord,
 the people whom he has chosen as his heritage.

The Lord looks down from heaven;
 he sees all humankind.
From where he sits enthroned
 he watches all the inhabitants of the earth—
he who fashions the hearts of them all,
 and observes all their deeds.
A king is not saved by his great army;
 a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
The war horse is a vain hope for victory,
 and by its great might it cannot save.

Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
 on those who hope in his steadfast love,
to deliver their soul from death,
 and to keep them alive in famine.

Our soul waits for the Lord;
 he is our help and shield.
Our heart is glad in him,
 because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
 even as we hope in you.

New Testament Gospel Lesson: John 7:37-39

On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Year B Pentecost Saturday

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.

Image credit: Crossing of the Red Sea by Jan van Orley and Augustin Coppens, via Wikimedia Commons. This is a public domain image.

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