5 June 2022 Sunday Morning Service
57:11 “Whom have you so dreaded and feared that you have been false to me, and have neither remembered me nor pondered this in your hearts? Is it not because I have long been silent that you do not fear me?
57:12 I will expose your righteousness and your works, and they will not benefit you.
57:13 When you cry out for help, let your collection of idols save you! The wind will carry all of them off, a mere breath will blow them away. But the man who makes me his refuge will inherit the land and possess my holy mountain.”
57:14 And it will be said: “Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.”
57:15 For this is what the high and lofty One says–he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.
57:16 I will not accuse forever, nor will I always be angry, for then the spirit of man would grow faint before me–the breath of man that I have created.
57:17 I was enraged by his sinful greed; I punished him, and hid my face in anger, yet he kept on in his willful ways.
57:18 I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will guide him and restore comfort to him,
57:19 creating praise on the lips of the mourners in Israel. Peace, peace, to those far and near,” says the LORD. “And I will heal them.”
57:20 But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud.
57:21 “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”
2:1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
2:2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
2:3 And everyone went to his own town to register.
2:4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.
2:5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
2:6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,
2:7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
2:8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
2:9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
2:10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
2:11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
2:12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
2:13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
2:15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
2:16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
2:17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
2:18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
2:19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
2:20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
2:21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.