15 May 2022 Sunday Morning Service
55:6 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
55:9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
55:10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
55:11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
55:12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
55:13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD’S renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed.”
1:57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son.
1:58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.
1:59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah,
1:60 but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.”
1:61 They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.”
1:62 Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child.
1:63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.”
1:64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God.
1:65 The neighbors were all filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things.
1:66 Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him.