Joel: crisis & renewal for the people of god
Sermon Title: Repentance & Hope
Preacher: The Rev. Alex Shuttleworth
The Collect of the day
O merciful Lord, grant to your faithful people pardon and peace, that we may be cleansed from all our sins and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The lesson: Joel 1: 15-20
15 Alas for the day!
For the day of the Lord is near,
and as destruction from the Almighty it comes.
16 Is not the food cut off
before our eyes,
joy and gladness
from the house of our God?
17 The seed shrivels under the clods;
the storehouses are desolate;
the granaries are torn down
because the grain has dried up.
18 How the beasts groan!
The herds of cattle are perplexed
because there is no pasture for them;
even the flocks of sheep suffer.[c]
19 To you, O Lord, I call.
For fire has devoured
the pastures of the wilderness,
and flame has burned
all the trees of the field.
20 Even the beasts of the field pant for you
because the water brooks are dried up,
and fire has devoured
the pastures of the wilderness.
Psalm 145: 14-20
14 The Lord upholds all those who fall
and lifts up all those who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord,
and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open wide your hand,
and fill all things living with plenteousness.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and merciful in all his works.
18 The Lord is near to all those who call upon him,
to all who call upon him faithfully.
19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear him;
he also will hear their cry and will help them.
20 The Lord preserves all those who love him,
but he will destroy all the ungodly.
The gospel: Luke 19: 41-44
Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem
41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”