Old Testament: 1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15 or Isaiah 65:1-9
Psalter: Psalm 42 and 43 or Psalm 22:19-28
Epistle: Galatians 3:23-29
Gospel: Luke 8:26-39
God our refuge and hope, when race, status, or gender divide us, when despondency and despair haunt and afflict us, when community lies shattered: comfort and convict us with the stillness of your presence, that we may confess all you have done, through Christ to whom we belong and in whom we are one. Amen.
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