Hope in Desperate Times
Genesis 17:15-19, 21:1-7
Call to Worship
So the Lord God said to the serpent:
Because you have done this, you are cursed more than any livestock
and more than any wild animal.
You will move on your belly and eat dust all the days of your life.
I will put hostility between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.
— Genesis 3:14-15
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants.
Anyone—Jew or Gentile, rich or poor, male or female, white or black or brown, quick-witted or slow, old or young—anyone can be a child of Abraham and inherit the blessings promised to him, if you live by faith.
Thanks be to God!
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust;
Let me not be put to shame;
Let not my enemies exult over me.
Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
Teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.
Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
As you go, remember that God made a promise to bless a people and call them his own. And it is in this blessing that we live and find our hope.
Peace be with you all.
And also with you.