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Todays Readings

Today's Readings

Psalm 20:1– 9
Psalm 21:1– 7
Genesis 6:9– 22
Hebrews 4:1– 13
John 2:13– 22

Epiphany
Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Isaiah 60:3

Confession of Sin

Most merciful God,
I confess that I have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what I have done, and by what I have left undone. I have not loved you with my whole heart; I have not loved my neighbors as myself. I am truly sorry and I humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on me and forgive me; that I may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen

The Lessons

Select one or more of the readings



Psalm 20

(1) May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. (2) May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. (3) May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings. Selah (4) May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

(5) We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests. (6) Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand. (7) Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. (8) They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.

(9) O LORD, save the king! Answer us when we call!


Psalm 21

(1) O LORD, the king rejoices in your strength. How great is his joy in the victories you give! (2) You have granted him the desire of his heart and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah (3) You welcomed him with rich blessings and placed a crown of pure gold on his head. (4) He asked you for life, and you gave it to him-- length of days, for ever and ever.

(5) Through the victories you gave, his glory is great; you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty. (6) Surely you have granted him eternal blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence. (7) For the king trusts in the LORD; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken.


Genesis 6

(9) This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. (10) Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. (11) Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of violence. (12) God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.

(13) So God said to Noah, 'I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. (14) So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. (15) This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. (16) Make a roof for it and finish the ark to within 18 inches of the top. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks.

(17) I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. (18) But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark-- you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you. (19) You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. (20) Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.

(21) You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.' (22) Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.



Hebrews 4

(1) Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. (2) For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. (3) Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, 'So I declared on oath in my anger, 'They shall never enter my rest.'' And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world. (4) For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: 'And on the seventh day God rested from all his work.'

(5) And again in the passage above he says, 'They shall never enter my rest.' (6) It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience. (7) Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: 'Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.' (8) For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day.

(9) There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; (10) for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. (11) Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience. (12) For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

(13) Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.



John 2

(13) When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. (14) In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. (15) So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. (16) To those who sold doves he said, 'Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father's house into a market!'

(17) His disciples remembered that it is written: 'Zeal for your house will consume me.' (18) Then the Jews demanded of him, 'What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?' (19) Jesus answered them, 'Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.' (20) The Jews replied, 'It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?'

(21) But the temple he had spoken of was his body. (22) After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.



Seasonal Collect:  First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord
Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer   

Our Father, who art in heaven,
  hallowed be thy Name,
  thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
  on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
  And forgive us our trespasses,
  as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
  but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
  and the power, and the glory,
  forever and ever. Amen.

Personal Prayers and Reflection

This is a time to pause, consider and listen. Pray for yourself and others.



Closing Prayers   

The General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

Conclude with following
Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.



This concludes the Daily Prayer
Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord