Responsive Reading from Jeremiah 3:22-25
All: We will be glad and rejoice in it.
Leader: This is the year that the Lord has begun.
All: We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Leader: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning.
All: Great is your faithfulness.
Leader: The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to those who seek him.
All: Great is your faithfulness, O Lord.
Dear Lord, create in us new hearts and put your spirit in us. Remove our hearts of stone and give us hearts of flesh, in Jesus’ name.
By Your grace, old things have passed away and the new has come because we are new creatures in Christ Jesus.
Father, we thank You for the new things You will do in our lives that eyes have not seen, nor ears heard, in Jesus’ name.
Scripture Reading - Isaiah 40:21-31 (Easy to Read Version)
21 Surely you know the truth, don't you? Surely you have heard. Surely someone told you long ago. Surely you understand who made the earth.
22 It is the Lord who sits above the circle of the earth. And compared to him, people are like grasshoppers. He rolled open the skies like a piece of cloth. He stretched out the skies like a tent to sit under.
23 He takes away the power of rulers. He makes the world's leaders completely worthless.
24 They are like plants that are planted in the ground. But before they can send their roots into the ground, God blows on the "plants"; they become dead and dry, and the wind blows them away like straw.
25 The Holy One says, "Can you compare me to anyone? No one is equal to me."
26 Look up to the skies. Who created all those stars? Who created all those "armies" in the sky? Who knows every star by name? He is very strong and powerful, so not one of these stars is lost.
27 People of Jacob, this is true. Israel, you should believe it. So why do you say, "The Lord cannot see the way I live; he will not find me and punish me"?
28 Surely you know the truth. Surely you have heard. The Lord is the God who lives forever! He created all the faraway places on earth. He does not get tired and weary. You cannot learn all he knows.
29 The Lord helps tired people be strong. He gives power to those without it.
30 Young men get tired and need to rest. Even young boys stumble and fall.
31 But those who trust in the Lord will become strong again—like eagles that grow new feathers. They will run and not get weak. They will walk and not get tired.