Old Testament: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
Psalter: Psalm 27
Epistle: Philippians 3:17-4:1
Gospel: Luke 13:31-35 or Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a)
Hope beyond all human hope, you promised descendants as numerous as the stars to old Abraham and barren Sarah. You promise light and salvation in the midst of darkness and despair, and promise redemption to a world that will not listen. Gather us to yourself in tenderness, open our ears to listen to your word, and teach us to live faithfully as people confident of the fulfillment of your promises. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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