April 21: Anniversary Sunday with special guest The Very Rev. Dr. Richard Bott

Scripture Reading (The Voice) 1 Peter 2.4-10

Come to Christ —the living stone— who was rejected by people but accepted by God as chosen and precious. Like living stones, let yourselves be assembled into a spiritual house, a holy order of priests who offer up spiritual sacrifices that will be acceptable to God through Jesus the Anointed. For it says in the words of the prophet Isaiah,” See here—I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone, chosen and precious; whoever depends upon Him will never be disgraced.” To you who believe and depend on Him, He is precious; but to you who don’t, remember the words of the psalmist: “The stone that the builders rejected has been laid as the cornerstone—the very stone that holds together the entire foundation,” and of Isaiah: “A stone that blocks their way, a rock that trips them.” They stumble because they don’t follow the word of God, as they were destined to do. But you are a chosen people, set aside to be a royal order of priests, a holy nation, God’s own; so that you may proclaim the wondrous acts of the One who called you out of the gloom into shimmering light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received it.

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