October 8, 2017

Isaiah 44:1-8

“But now listen, Jacob, my servant, Israel, whom I have chosen.

This is what the Lord says—
he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you:

Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.

For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground;

I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.

They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.

Some will say, ‘I belong to the Lord’;
others will call themselves by the name of Jacob;

still others will write on their hand, ‘The Lord’s,’ and will take the name Israel.

“This is what the Lord says—
Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty:

I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.

Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me

what has happened since I established my ancient people, and what is yet to come—
yes, let them foretell what will come.

Do not tremble, do not be afraid.
Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago?

You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.”

John 17:20-26

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”