Scripture: Revelation 21:1–6
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne say, “Look! God’s dwelling is here with humankind. He will dwell with them, and they will be his peoples. God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more. There will be no mourning, crying, or pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look! I’m making all things new.” He also said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Then he said to me, “All is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will freely give water from the life-giving spring.
Isaiah 11:1–9 (MSG)
A green Shoot will sprout from Jesse’s stump,from his roots a budding Branch.The life-giving Spirit of God will hover over him,the Spirit that brings wisdom and understanding,The Spirit that gives direction and builds strength,the Spirit that instills knowledge and Fear-of-God.Fear-of-God will be all his joy and delight.He won’t judge by appearances,won’t decide on the basis of hearsay.He’ll judge the needy by what is right,render decisions on earth’s poor with justice.His words will bring everyone to awed attention.A mere breath from his lips will topple the wicked.Each morning he’ll pull on sturdy work clothes and boots,and build righteousness and faithfulness in the land.The wolf will romp with the lamb,the leopard sleep with the kid.Calf and lion will eat from the same trough,and a little child will tend them.Cow and bear will graze the same pasture,their calves and cubs grow up together,and the lion eat straw like the ox.The nursing child will crawl over rattlesnake dens,the toddler stick his hand down the hole of a serpent.Neither animal nor human will hurt or killon my holy mountain.The whole earth will be brimming with knowing God-Alive,a living knowledge of God ocean-deep, ocean-wide.
Rise & Sing – Fee
Beautiful Things – Gungor
God's Love is For Everybody – Bryan Moyer Suderman
Slow Your Breath Down – Future of Forestry
You're Beautiful – Phil Wickham
Let Us Love – Needtobreathe
God, as we still are waiting let us be people of action. Let our holy anger move us to reach out and love those around us. Amen.