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Todays Readings

Today's Readings

Psalm 31:1– 24
Genesis 11:27– 32
Genesis 12:1– 8
Hebrews 7:1– 17
John 4:16– 26

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

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Psalm 31

(1) In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. (2) Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. (3) Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. (4) Free me from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge.

(5) Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth. (6) I hate those who cling to worthless idols; I trust in the LORD. (7) I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. (8) You have not handed me over to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place.

(9) Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief. (10) My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak. (11) Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors; I am a dread to my friends-- those who see me on the street flee from me. (12) I am forgotten by them as though I were dead; I have become like broken pottery.

(13) For I hear the slander of many; there is terror on every side; they conspire against me and plot to take my life. (14) But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, 'You are my God.' (15) My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me. (16) Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.

(17) Let me not be put to shame, O LORD, for I have cried out to you; but let the wicked be put to shame and lie silent in the grave. (18) Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous. (19) How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you. (20) In the shelter of your presence you hide them from the intrigues of men; in your dwelling you keep them safe from accusing tongues.

(21) Praise be to the LORD, for he showed his wonderful love to me when I was in a besieged city. (22) In my alarm I said, 'I am cut off from your sight!' Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help. (23) Love the LORD, all his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full. (24) Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.



Genesis 11

(27) This is the account of Terah. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot. (28) While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth. (29) Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram's wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor's wife was Milcah; she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milcah and Iscah. (30) Now Sarai was barren; she had no children.

(31) Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Haran, they settled there. (32) Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Haran. (1) The LORD had said to Abram, 'Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. (2) I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. (3) I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.' (4) So Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran.

(5) He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there. (6) Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. (7) The LORD appeared to Abram and said, 'To your offspring I will give this land.' So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him. (8) From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.



Hebrews 7

(1) This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, (2) and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, his name means 'king of righteousness'; then also, 'king of Salem' means 'king of peace.' (3) Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he remains a priest forever. (4) Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!

(5) Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people-- that is, their brothers-- even though their brothers are descended from Abraham. (6) This man, however, did not trace his descent from Levi, yet he collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. (7) And without doubt the lesser person is blessed by the greater. (8) In the one case, the tenth is collected by men who die; but in the other case, by him who is declared to be living.

(9) One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham, (10) because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor. (11) If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the law was given to the people), why was there still need for another priest to come-- one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? (12) For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law.

(13) He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. (14) For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. (15) And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, (16) one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.

(17) For it is declared: 'You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.'

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.



John 4

(16) He told her, 'Go, call your husband and come back.' (17) I have no husband,' she replied. Jesus said to her, 'You are right when you say you have no husband. (18) The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.' (19) Sir,' the woman said, 'I can see that you are a prophet.

(20) Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.' (21) Jesus declared, 'Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. (22) You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. (23) Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

(24) God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.' (25) The woman said, 'I know that Messiah' (called Christ) 'is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.' (26) Then Jesus declared, 'I who speak to you am he.'

The Collect of the Day:  Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Personal Prayers and Reflection

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


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.


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
O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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