SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
grant to your faithful people pardon and peace,
that we may be cleansed from all our sins
and serve you with a quiet mind;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF ISAIAH
Have you not known?
Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is
he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are
like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
and spreads them like a tent to live in; who brings princes to
naught, and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing. Scarcely are
they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in
the earth, when he blows upon them, and they wither, and the
tempest carries them off like stubble. To whom then will you
compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One. Lift up your
eyes on high and see: Who created these? He who brings out their
host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because he is
great in strength, mighty in power, not one is missing. Why do you
say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the
Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God"? Have you not
known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the
Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be
weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for
the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with
wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall
walk and not faint.
REFRAIN Praise the Lord
who heals the brokenhearted.
How good it is to sing praises to our God! how pleasant it is to
honour him with praise!
Lord rebuilds Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel. R
heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
counts the number of the stars and calls them all by their names.
is our Lord and mighty in power; there is no limit to his wisdom.
Lord lifts up the lowly, but casts the wicked to the ground.
to the Lord with thanksgiving; make music to our God upon the
covers the heavens with clouds and prepares rain for the earth;
makes grass to grow upon the mountains and green plants to serve
provides food for flocks and herds and for the young ravens when
is not impressed by the might of a horse, he has no pleasure in
the strength of a man.
the Lord has pleasure in those who fear him, in those who await
his gracious favour.
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS
If I proclaim the
gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is
laid on me, and woe to me if I do not proclaim the gospel! For if
I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own
will, I am entrusted with a commission. What then is my reward?
Just this: that in my proclamation I may make the gospel free of
charge, so as not to make full use of my rights in the gospel. For
though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave
to all, so that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as
a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as
one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I
might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became
as one outside the law (though I am not free from God's law but am
under Christ's law) so that I might win those outside the law. To
the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have
become all things to all people, that I might by all means save
some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share
in its blessings.
1 CORINTHIANS 9:16-23
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO MARK
As soon as they left
the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with
James and John. Now Simon's mother-in-law was in bed with a fever,
and they told Jesus about her at once. He came and took her by the
hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to
serve them. That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who
were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was
gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with
various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not
permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. In the morning,
while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted
place and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for
him. When they found him, they said to him, "Everyone is
searching for you." He answered, "Let us go on to the
neighbouring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also;
for that is what I came out to do." And he went throughout
Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting
OVER THE GIFTS
God of compassion and forgiveness,
receive our offering this day,
and make us one with him who is our peace,
Jesus Christ our Saviour.
in you we find peace beyond all telling.
May we who share in this heavenly banquet
be instruments of your peace on earth,
in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.