Read at the Sunday service on 22 May 2011
4As you come to him, a living stone(D) rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5(E) you yourselves like living stones are being built up as(F) a spiritual house, to be(G) a holy priesthood,(H) to offer spiritual sacrifices(I) acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For it stands in Scripture:
“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”[a]
(N) “A stone of stumbling,
and a rock of offense.”
They stumble because they disobey the word,(O) as they were destined to do.
9But you are(P) a chosen race,(Q) a royal(R) priesthood,(S) a holy nation,(T) a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you(U) out of darkness into(V) his marvelous light. 10(W) Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.