Queanbeyan and District Anglican Church
Queanbeyan, Karabar, Burra, Michelago, Jerrabomberra, Googong
Old Testament  - Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 2.4-13

4 Hear the word of the Lord , O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel.
5 Thus says the Lord :
What wrong did your ancestors find in me
     that they went far from me,
and went after worthless things, and became worthless themselves?
6 They did not say, ‘Where is the Lord
     who brought us up from the land of Egypt,
who led us in the wilderness,
     in a land of deserts and pits,
in a land of drought and deep darkness,
     in a land that no one passes through,
     where no one lives?’
7 I brought you into a plentiful land
     to eat its fruits and its good things.
But when you entered you defiled my land,
     and made my heritage an abomination.
8 The priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord ?’
     Those who handle the law did not know me;
the rulers transgressed against me;
     the prophets prophesied by Baal,
     and went after things that do not profit.
9 Therefore once more I accuse you,
says the Lord ,
     and I accuse your children’s children.
10 Cross to the coasts of Cyprus and look,
     send to Kedar and examine with care;
     see if there has ever been such a thing.
11 Has a nation changed its gods,
     even though they are no gods?
But my people have changed their glory
     for something that does not profit.
12 Be appalled, O heavens, at this,
     be shocked, be utterly desolate,
says the Lord ,
13 for my people have committed two evils:
     they have forsaken me,
the fountain of living water,
     and dug out cisterns for themselves,
cracked cisterns
     that can hold no water.