Readings and Prayers for January 17th – Second Sunday of Epiphany

17th January ~ 2nd Sunday of Epiphany

The Collect:  Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new: Transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle is written in the 5th chapter of the Revelation of St. John the Divine:

Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the centre of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when He had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”

This is the Word of the Lord: All: Thanks be to God

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John: Glory to You, O Lord

The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, He said to him, “Follow me.” Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote ~ Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, He said of him, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.” “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that.” He then added, “I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord:  All: Praise to You, O Christ

Prayers  Everlasting God, you choose people to send forth as workers into your vineyard, the world that you trusted to us as stewards. You spoke to awaken your disciples with your call, and so we ask you to open the ears of each one of us.  Hear us now as we pray for the church and the world. Lord in Your mercy: Hear our prayer

We pray for the nations of our world and their leaders, and continue to pray for peace in your world, and  for all those involved in the process of reconciliation and bridge-building between peoples, cultures or nations. We pray especially today for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the new President of America this week, give him the strength and help he will need to heal the divisions between the people, equip him to be an instrument of your peace. Lord in Your mercy: Hear our prayer

We thank you, Heavenly Father, for the gift of this parish and this community. We commend one another to you, wherever we are, whatever we do, whoever we are. May the Holy Spirit guide us in all things, so that we may do God’s will in the world, in the service of Jesus Christ and with great joy.   Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Loving God you called the Apostles to be ambassadors for Christ and gave them the power to heal.  Help us to bring healing by our phone calls, our care and our prayers that we may strengthen the spirits of those we love especially in times of isolation, sickness or distress.    Lord in Your mercy: Hear our prayer

Lord of all creation, thank you that our everyday, ordinary places matter to you and we make a difference there. We offer to you the places where we live, work, study, and play. May we serve you and bear witness to you wherever we are this week. And may we know your presence with us in these places. Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Be with all this week who are unwell and frightened because of the virus surround them with your healing arms and bring them the reassurance they need. We pray for all who are coming to the end of their journey here on earth and for all those who have died and now rejoice in the fullness of eternal life.   Lord in Your mercy: Hear our prayer

Send us out into the coming week ready to demonstrate our calling in all that we do and say. Merciful Father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son , our saviour Jesus Christ. Amen