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Jeremiah 31:7-14 (898)
7For thus says the LORD: sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the church of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, “Save, O LORD, your people, the remnant of Israel.”
8See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and father them from the farthest parts for he earth, among them the blind and the lame, those which child and those in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here.
9With weeping they shall come, and with consolations I will lead them back, I will let them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble; for I have become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.
11For the LORD has ransomed Jacob, and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.
12They shall come and sig aloud on the height of Zion, and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the LORD, over the grain, the wine, and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; theif life shall become like a watered garden, and they shall never languish again.
13Then shall the young women rejoin in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.
14I will give the priests their fill of fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my bounty, says the LORD.
Thanks be to God
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3all things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. what has come into being 4in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.
Thanks be to God.
A word, please. If you will, a moment of your time. We’ve come through Christmas and the passing of 2014. Now we're beginning the dreary early weeks of January. It's difficult to keep our energy up without the lights and excitement of the holidays. Our houses were full of family and celebrations, and now we're packing up the decorations and washing the sheets from the guest bedroom. Our household's evergreens are turning brown and it seems like we're vacuuming more needles than remain on the tree. We get to sing Christmas carols one last Sunday, but our minds have already moved on from Christmas. The paraments are white but the weather is gray.
“From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.”