Sometimes people confuse prophets with soothsayers. Soothsayers claim to foresee the future. Prophets speak for God. Sometimes that word includes insight into what the future holds, but not always. When it is a proclamation about the future, it is primarily based on the prophet's keen insight about how humanity has acted in the past and in the present and in the characteristics of God.
On Sunday, Rev. Cattenhead will share Isaiah's vision for a hopeful future-it's a word Isaiah's audience needed because of their difficult present. Read Isaiah 35:1-10 to prepare to worship in the sanctuary.
If you're preparing for worship in The Well, the prophet you should read is Jeremiah. He isn't predicting a future. He's announcing present judgment. His word from the Lord was the about Israel's priests, prophets, and people who were choosing the broken and stagnant over the whole and vital. Essentially, they were choosing death over life.
Read Jeremiah 2:4-13 to get a sense of how Jeremiah started to fulfill God's call for him to "pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant" (Jeremiah 1:10).