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IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD
Scriptures For The Lectionary Speaking Choir
Suggestions:
Use in ordinary sequence with interested, lively voices as they
look around, addressing questions to the rest of the
congregation. Readers 1 through 4 stand in their pews as they
speak. Reader 5 stands at the lectern.
5 readers -- a variety of people including the pastor or lay
leader

Key:
1, 2, 3, & 4 =individuals sitting in the congregation
5 = pastor or lay leader

1: Have you not known?

2: Have you not heard?

3: Has it not been told you from the beginning?

4: Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

5: It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its
inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens
like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to live in; who
brings princes to naught, and makes the rulers of the earth as
nothing.

(5:) Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their
stem taken root in the earth, when he blows upon them, and they
wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble. To whom
then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One.

Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? He who
brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name;
because he is great in strength, mighty in power, not one is
missing. Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, "My way is
hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God?"

1: Have you not known?

2: Have you not heard?

1, 2, 3, 4: The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the
ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his
understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and
strengthens the powerless.

1, 2, 3, 4: Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young
will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew
their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they
shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

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Jesus grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him. As we grow, let us too become strong, with the favour of God upon us.

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Lord, we would grow inwardly strong, as you were strong.
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