24th January ~ 3rd Sunday of Epiphany
The Collect: Almighty God, whose Son revealed in signs and miracles the wonder of your saving presence: Renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us by your mighty power; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
The Epistle is written in the 6th verse of the 19th Ch. of the Revelation of St. John the Divine:
I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.) Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!'” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with all who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
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
On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and His disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to Him, “They have no more wine.” “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.” Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then He told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realise where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” This, the first of His miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed His glory and His disciples put their faith in Him.
This is the Gospel of the Lord: All: Praise to You, O Christ
Almighty God, help us to listen to your voice calling us to unity in our diversity. We pray for church leaders everywhere that they may work together and promote unity among Christians of the world. Lord, you made us to be one body and of one spirit and so we pray that we might establish friendly relationships among Jews, Christians, Muslims, and all those of other faith. Tear down the walls of indifference and make our unity visible and bring healing to the world. Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer.
This week has marked the arrival of a new President of the United States and with his coming an upsurge of hope for peace in the world. We pray for him and for all who will work with him. We pray for all the leaders of the countries in the world. Help them, so that together they may pursue the search for peace. Above all we pray for those parts of this world where life is a continual struggle and where peace is too often a dream drowned under a sea of sectarian violence. Bring peace to Israel and Palestine, and to the many strife torn countries. Help us to be peacemakers in our own lives.
Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer
Generous God, as we remember the presence of your son Jesus Christ at the Wedding at Cana. We pray for all those we know who are preparing for marriage and those who have had to delay their weddings because of the virus. For any we know amongst our families and friends who are experiencing tensions and problems in their life together,r because of difficulties caused through loss of work and income. Be with them and show them a way forward through their present difficulties. Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer.
Merciful God, we raise before you this morning those who are sick, sad or lonely. We pray that they may be aware of your comforting presence and know that in your hands they are safe and loved. We especially pray for those know to us….. Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer.
Father God, we pray for those who have departed this life and ask you, through your loving kindness, to have mercy on their souls. Be with the bereaved in their loneliness and give them the faith to look beyond their present troubles to your Son Jesus Christ who died and rose again and who lives forevermore.. Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer.
Faithful God, as we prepare for the weeks ahead help us to remember that we are all one family in Christ. Help us overcome our conflicts, our divisions and our self-seeking, and to be united to one another by the power the Holy Spirit.
Merciful father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen