O.T. Reading – Jeremiah 39:1-41:18
Who would have ever thought that this could happen?
Nergal-Sharezer, Samgar-Nebo, Sarsechim, Rabsaris, Nergal-Sarezer, and Rabmag – standing as victors in the Middle Gate of Jerusalem? We shed tears with Zedekiah who had his sons taken and his eyes ripped out.
But there is mercy and safety granted to Jeremiah, the man shut up in the court of the prison, and to Ebed-Melech the Ethiopian.
Psalm reading: Ps. 90:1-91:16
For we have been consumed by Your anger, and by Your wrath we are terrified. You have set our iniquities before You, our secret sins in the light of Your countenance. For all our days have passed away in Your wrath; we finish our years like a sigh. The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knows the power of Your anger? For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath. So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
And Psalm 91 is a manifesto of praise for the one who lives in communion under the shadow of the Almighty!
N.T. Reading – 2 Timothy 1:1-18
God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord: source of grace, mercy, and peace (v. 2)
God gives: not a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind (v. 7)
God: who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began. (v. 9)
Savior Jesus Christ: has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (v. 10)
Holy Spirit: dwells in us (v. 14)
Today, we worship the Trinity in Idaho Falls.
God: the eternal, archetypal Ontological Community, in whose image and likeness humanity is created, and in whose image and likeness is redeemed and re-created as members of Christ in His Body, the Church…
“We are members one of another.” -St. Paul
“We have seen the true light,
We have received the heavenly Spirit.
We have found the true faith, worshiping the undivided Trinity,
Who has saved us.”
Hymn near the end of the Divine Liturgy (Eucharist) of the Byzantine Rite