Our scripture today is from 1 Chronicles, chapter 16 verses 8-14 and Luke, chapter 23 verses 32-43 from the Common English Bible.
8 Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make his deeds known to all people! 9 Sing to God, sing praises to him; dwell on all his wondrous works! 10 Give praise to God's holy name! Let the hearts rejoice of all those seeking the LORD! 11 Pursue the LORD and his strength; seek his face always! 12 Remember the wondrous works he has done, all his marvelous works, and the justice he declared—13 you who are the offspring of Israel, his servant, and the children of Jacob, his chosen ones. 14 The LORD—he is our God. His justice is everywhere throughout the whole world.
32 They also led two other criminals to be executed with Jesus. 33 When they arrived at the place called The Skull, they crucified him, along with the criminals, one on his right and the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they're doing." They drew lots as a way of dividing up his clothing. 35 The people were standing around watching, but the leaders sneered at him, saying, "He saved others. Let him save himself if he really is the Christ sent from God, the chosen one." 36 The soldiers also mocked him. They came up to him, offering him sour wine 37 and saying, "If you really are the king of the Jews, save yourself." 38 Above his head was a notice of the formal charge against him. It read "This is the king of the Jews." 39 One of the criminals hanging next to Jesus insulted him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!" 40 Responding, the other criminal spoke harshly to him, "Don't you fear God, seeing that you've also been sentenced to die? 41 We are rightly condemned, for we are receiving the appropriate sentence for what we did. But this man has done nothing wrong." 42 Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." 43 Jesus replied, "I assure you that today you will be with me in paradise."
Leader: This is the word of God for a people of God.
All: Thanks be to God.