SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
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 BOOK OF ISAIAH
Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far
away! The Lord called me before I was born, while I was in my
mother's womb he named me. He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in
the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow, in
his quiver he hid me away. And he said to me, "You are my
servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified." But I said,
"I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for
nothing and vanity; yet surely my cause is with the Lord, and my
reward with my God." And now the Lord says, who formed me in
the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that
Israel might be gathered to him, for I am honoured in the sight of
the Lord, and my God has become my strength he says, "It is
too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the
tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will
give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to
the end of the earth." Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of
Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the
nations, the slave of rulers, "Kings shall see and stand up,
princes, and they shall prostrate themselves, because of the Lord,
who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you."
REFRAIN Behold, I come to do your will, O God.
waited patiently upon the Lord; he stooped to me and heard my cry.
lifted me out of the desolate pit, out of the mire and clay; he
set my feet upon a high cliff and made my footing sure. R
put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many
shall see, and stand in awe, and put their trust in the Lord. R
are they who trust in the Lord! they do not resort to evil spirits
or turn to false gods.
things are they that you have done, O Lord my God! how great your
wonders and your plans for us! there is none who can be compared
that I could make them known and tell them! but they are more than
I can count. R
sacrifice and offering you take no pleasure (you have given me
ears to hear you);
and sin-offering you have not required, and so I said,
"Behold, I come. R
the roll of the book it is written concerning me: 'I love to do
your will, O my God; your law is deep in my heart.'"
proclaimed righteousness in the great congregation; behold, I did
not restrain my lips; and that, O Lord, you know. R
righteousness have I not hidden in my heart; I have spoken of your
faithfulness and your deliverance; I have not concealed your love
and faithfulness from the great congregation.
are the Lord; do not withhold your compassion from me; let your
love and your faithfulness keep me safe for ever. R
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS
Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God that is in
Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be
saints, together with all those who in every place call on the
name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to
you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I
give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God
that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have
been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind just
as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you so that
you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the
revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to
the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus
Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the
fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 CORINTHIANS 1:1-9
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN
The next day John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and
declared, "Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of
the world! This is he of whom I said, 'After me comes a man who
ranks ahead of me because he was before me.' I myself did not know
him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he
might be revealed to Israel." And John testified, "I saw
the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on
him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize
with water said to me, 'He on whom you see the Spirit descend and
remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' And I myself
have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God."
The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples,
and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, "Look, here is
the Lamb of God!" The two disciples heard him say this, and
they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he
said to them, "What are you looking for?" They said to
him, "Rabbi" (which translated means Teacher),
"where are you staying?" He said to them, "Come and
see." They came and saw where he was staying, and they
remained with him that day. It was about four o'clock in the
afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him
was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his brother
Simon and said to him, "We have found the Messiah"
(which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who
looked at him and said, "You are Simon son of John. You are
to be called Cephas" (which is translated Peter).
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.