Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

the Baptism of our Lord—the First Sunday after Epiphany

Prayer
Holy God, creator of light and giver of goodness, your voice moves over the waters. Immerse us in your grace, and transform us by your Spirit, that we may follow after your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Tanakh Lesson — Genesis 1.1-5
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 

And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. 

Psalm 29
Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, 
     ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
     worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
     the God of glory thunders,
     the Lord, over many waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
     the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
     the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
     and Sirion like a young wild ox. 

The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
     the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. 

The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth
     and strips the forests bare,
     and in his temple all cry, "Glory!"

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
     the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. 
May the Lord give strength to his people!
     May the Lord bless his people with peace!

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
     and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now,
     and will be forever. Amen. 

Lesson — Acts 19.1-7
And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. And he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" And they said, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." And he said, "Into what then were you baptized?" They said, "Into John's baptism." And Paul said, "John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus." On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. There were about twelve men in all. 

Holy Gospel — Mark 1.4-11
John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, "After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately [Jesus] saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased."

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

the Epiphany of our Lord

Prayer
Everlasting God, the radiance of all faithful people, you brought the nations to the brightness of your rising. Fill the world with your glory, and show yourself to all the world through him who is the true light and the bright morning star, your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 

Tanakh Lesson — Isaiah 60.1-6
Arise, shine, for your light has come, 
     and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. 
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, 
     and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you.
     and his glory will be seen upon you.
And nations shall come to your light,
     and kings to the brightness of your rising.

Lift up your eyes all around, and see;
     they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from afar,
     and your daughters shall be carried on the hip.
Then you shall see and be radiant;
     your heart shall thrill and exult,
because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, 
     the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
A multitude of camels shall cover you, 
     the young camels of Midian and Ephah;
     all those from Sheba shall come.
They shall bring gold and frankincense,
     and shall bring good news, the praises of the Lord. 

Psalm 72.1-7, 10-14
Give the king your justice, O God. 
     and your righteousness to the royal son!
May he judge your people with righteousness, 
     and your poor with justice!
Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people
     and the hill, in righteousness!
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
     give deliverance to the children of the needy,
     and crush the oppressor!
May they fear you while the sun endures, 
     and as long as the moon, throughout all generations!
May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass,
     like showers that water the earth!
In his days may the righteous flourish,
     and peace abound until the moon be no more!

May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands
     render him tribute;
may the kings of Sheba and Seba
     bring gifts!
May all kings fall down before him,
     all nations serve him!
For he delivers the needy when he calls, 
     the poor and him who has no helper. 
He has pity on the weak and the needy,
     he saves the lives of the needy.
From oppression and violence he redeems their life,
     and precious is their blood in his sight. 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
     and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, 
     and will be forever. Amen. 

Epistle Lesson — Ephesians 3.1-12
For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles — assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you, how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God's grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.  

Holy Gospel — Matthew 2.1-12
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, "Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him." When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all of Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
     are by no means the least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
     who will shepherd my people Israel."

Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him." After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoices exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts: gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.