SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
SAMUEL 3:1-10 (11-20)
your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
is the light of the world.
May your people,
illumined by your word and sacraments,
shine with the radiance of his glory,
that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed
to the ends of the earth;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE FIRST BOOK OF SAMUEL
Now the boy Samuel was
ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare
in those days; visions were not widespread. At that time Eli,
whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was
lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and
Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of
God was. Then the Lord called, "Samuel! Samuel!" and he
said, "Here I am!" and ran to Eli, and said, "Here
I am, for you called me." But he said, "I did not call;
lie down again." So he went and lay down. The Lord called
again, "Samuel!" Samuel got up and went to Eli, and
said, "Here I am, for you called me." But he said,
"I did not call, my son; lie down again." Now Samuel did
not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been
revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And
he got up and went to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you
called me." Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the
boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down; and if he
calls you, you shall say, 'Speak, Lord, for your servant is
listening.'" So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now
the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, "Samuel!
Samuel!" And Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is
the Lord said to Samuel, "See, I am about to do something in
Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle.
On that day I will fulfil against Eli all that I have spoken
concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him
that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that
he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not
restrain them. Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the
iniquity of Eli's house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or
offering forever." Samuel lay there until morning; then he
opened the doors of the house of the Lord. Samuel was afraid to
tell the vision to Eli. But Eli called Samuel and said,
"Samuel, my son." He said, "Here I am." Eli
said, "What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me.
May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me
of all that he told you." So Samuel told him everything and
hid nothing from him. Then he said, "It is the Lord; let him
do what seems good to him." As Samuel grew up, the Lord was
with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all
Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy
prophet of the Lord.]
1 SAMUEL 3:1-10
REFRAIN Your works are
wonderful, O Lord.
you have searched me out and known me; you know my sitting down
and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
trace my journeys and my resting-places and are acquainted with
all my ways.
there is not a word on my lips, but you, O Lord, know it
press upon me behind and before and lay your hand upon me.
knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot
attain to it. R
you yourself created my inmost parts; you knit me together in my
will thank you because I am marvellously made; your works are
wonderful, and I know it well. R
body was not hidden from you, while I was being made in secret and
woven in the depths of the earth.
eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb; all of them were
written in your book; they were fashioned day by day, when as yet
there was none of them. R
deep I find your thoughts, O God! how great is the sum of them!
I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours. R
PSALM 139:1-5, 12-17
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS
"All things are
lawful for me," but not all things are beneficial. "All
things are lawful for me," but I will not be dominated by
anything. "Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for
food," and God will destroy both one and the other. The body
is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for
the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his
power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?
Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them
members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that whoever is
united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said,
"The two shall be one flesh." But anyone united to the
Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun fornication! Every sin that
a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins
against the body itself. Or do you not know that your body is a
temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and
that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price;
therefore glorify God in your body.
1 CORINTHIANS 6:12-20
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN
The next day Jesus
decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him,
"Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of
Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We
have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets
wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth." Nathanael said to
him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip
said to him, "Come and see." When Jesus saw Nathanael
coming toward him, he said of him, "Here is truly an
Israelite in whom there is no deceit!" Nathanael asked him,
"Where did you get to know me?" Jesus answered, "I
saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you."
Nathanael replied, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are
the King of Israel!" Jesus answered, "Do you believe
because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see
greater things than these." And he said to him, "Very
truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of
God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."
OVER THE GIFTS
you have revealed your Son as the Messiah.
May we hear his word and follow it,
and live as children of light.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
God of glory,
you nourish us with bread from heaven.
Fill us with your Holy Spirit,
that through us your light may shine in all the world.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ.