Old Testament: Jeremiah 1:4-10 or Isaiah 58:9b-14
Psalter: Psalm 71:1-6 or Psalm 103:1-8
Epistle: Hebrews 12:18-29
Gospel: Luke 13:10-17
Merciful God, as we pour out the wealth you have entrusted to us, the parched places are watered; as we cease our evil talk, the rising light of peace dawns in the darkness. So lead us into faithful living that your promises may unfold in us as a woman's back, long bent, unfolds at Christ's command, to the praise of your holy name. Amen.
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