The First Lesson: Isaiah 61:1-4
Testimony by Angela Hobby
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
They shall build up the ancient ruins;
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.
Musical Offering by Angela Hobby: “Not For a Moment (After All)” (Sooter, Andrews, Fieldes)
The Second Lesson: Joshua 1: 1-9
Testimony by Sue Ford
After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
The Third Lesson: Compilation from the Psalms
Testimony by Abby Broadrick
The Lord is at your right hand.
He is mighty to save.
He has prepared a seat of honor for you.
He will seat you in the presence of His guests.
He will say to you, my son, whom I love, in him I am well pleased—this meal is in honor of him.
You will rejoice in the presence of your King.
You will eat and feast on the richest of foods.
You will drink the new wine of the New Jerusalem.
Your cup will overflow.
You will have no fear of bad news.
He will surround you with songs of deliverance,
shouts of joy and victory will resound in your home.
You will tell of the mighty things the Lord has done,
His right hand outstretched over you.
You, O God, are strong; You, O God, are loving, more faithful than the morning.
He is the fountain of life.
He continues His love to those who know Him.
He is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Wait in hope for the Lord; He is your help and shield.
He turns your wailing into dancing; he removes your sackcloth and clothes you with joy.
Be still and know that He is God.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.
Musical Offering by Trinity’s Worship Team: “The Wondrous Cross” (Nockels, Nockels, Mhondera, Weeks, Pike, Moody)