Second Song of Isaiah
(Solo) Seek the Lord while he wills to be found; *
(men) call upon him when he draws near.
(women) Let the wicked forsake their ways *
and the evil ones their thoughts;
(women) And let them turn to the Lord, *
and he will have compassion, *
and to our God, for he will richly pardon.
(men) For my thoughts are not your thoughts, * nor your ways my ways, says the Lord.
(men) For as the heavens are higher than the earth, * so are my ways higher than your ways, *
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
(women) For as rain and snow fall from the heavens, * and return not again, but water the earth.
(women) Bringing forth life and giving growth, *
seed for sowing and bread for eating.
(men) So is my word that goes forth from my mouth; * it will not return to me empty;
(men) But it will accomplish that which I have purposed, * and prosper in that for which I sent it.
(All) Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit.
All) As it was in the beginning, is now *
and will be forever. Amen.