Holy Saturday: Genesis 1:1-2:4a – A new salvation

During Holy Saturday, Readings and Responses will be posted on the hour from  7 am to 6 pm

Isaiah 55:1-11

1   Ho, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and you that have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
2   Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
3   Incline your ear, and come to me;
listen, so that you may live.
I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.
4   See, I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander for the peoples.
5   See, you shall call nations that you do not know,
and nations that do not know you shall run to you,
because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel,
for he has glorified you.

6   Seek the LORD while he may be found,
call upon him while he is near;
7   let the wicked forsake their way,
and the unrighteous their thoughts;
let them return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8   For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
9   For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

10  For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return there until they have watered the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11  so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Respond with Isaiah 12:2-62   Surely God is my salvation;
    I will trust, and will not be afraid,
    for the LORD GOD is my strength and my might;
    he has become my salvation.

    3With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 4And you will say
    in that day:
    Give thanks to the LORD,
    call on his name;
    make known his deeds among the nations;
    proclaim that his name is exalted.

    5   Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously;
    let this be known in all the earth.
    6   Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion,
    for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

  • It is a day to remember there is always hope.
  • Listen for hope today.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Saturday, April 15, 2017, the Great Vigil of Easter (Year A)

Isaiah 55:1-11
Isaiah 12:2-6


If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2017 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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About Lil Smith

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 26 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?
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