Setting the Stage for Reconciliation

Setting the Stage for Reconciliation

Genesis 42:1-38

Call to Worship: 1 Chronicles 16:8-12 (NIV v. 13 adapted)

8    Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
             make known among the nations what he has done.
9     Sing to him, sing praise to him;
             tell of all his wonderful acts.
10     Glory in his holy name;
             let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
11     Look to the Lord and his strength;
             seek his face always.
12     Remember the wonders he has done,
             his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
13    you his servants, the spiritual seed of Abraham,
             his chosen ones, faithful disciples of Jesus.

Scripture Reading: Psalm 33:10-20 (NIV)

10    The Lord foils the plans of the nations;
             he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
11    But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
             the purposes of his heart through all generations.

12    Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
             the people he chose for his inheritance.
13    From heaven the Lord looks down
             and sees all mankind;
14    from his dwelling place he watches
             all who live on earth—
15    he who forms the hearts of all,
             who considers everything they do.

16    No king is saved by the size of his army;
             no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17    A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
             despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18    But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
             on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19    to deliver them from death
             and keep them alive in famine.

20    We wait in hope for the Lord;
             he is our help and our shield.

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