Saturday: Preparation for Trinity Sunday

Isaiah

Hebrew Scripture Lesson from the Latter Prophets: Isaiah 5:15-24

People are bowed down, everyone is brought low,
 and the eyes of the haughty are humbled.
But the Lord of hosts is exalted by justice,
 and the Holy God shows himself holy by righteousness.
Then the lambs shall graze as in their pasture,
 fatlings and kids shall feed among the ruins.

Ah, you who drag iniquity along with cords of falsehood,
 who drag sin along as with cart ropes,
who say, “Let him make haste,
 let him speed his work
 that we may see it;
let the plan of the Holy One of Israel hasten to fulfillment,
 that we may know it!”
Ah, you who call evil good
 and good evil,
who put darkness for light
 and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
 and sweet for bitter!
Ah, you who are wise in your own eyes,
 and shrewd in your own sight!
Ah, you who are heroes in drinking wine
 and valiant at mixing drink,
who acquit the guilty for a bribe,
 and deprive the innocent of their rights!

Therefore, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble,
 and as dry grass sinks down in the flame,
so their root will become rotten,
 and their blossom go up like dust;
for they have rejected the instruction of the Lord of hosts,
 and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

Psalm 29

Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
 ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
 worship the Lord in holy splendor.

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
 the God of glory thunders,
 the Lord,
 over mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
 the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
 the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
 and Sirion like a young wild ox.

The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
 the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl,
 and strips the forest bare;
 and in his temple all say, “Glory!”

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
 the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
May the Lord give strength to his people!
 May the Lord bless his people with peace!

New Testament Gospel Lesson: John 15:18-20, 26-27

[Jesus is speaking]

“If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world—therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘Servants are not greater than their master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also.

“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.”

Year B Trinity 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: Isaiah from a Bible card by the Providence Lithograph Company, via Wikimedia Commons. This is a public domain image.

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