16th January                                                                              Second Sunday of Epiphany           

Collect of the Day

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.

 

First Reading  Isaiah 62.1-5

1For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch.
2The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory;        and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will give.  3You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.  4You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,
and your land Married; for the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married.  5For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your builder marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.

 

Psalm   Psalm 36.5-10

5 Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens and your faithfulness to the clouds.  6 Your righteousness stands like the strong mountains,             your justice like the great deep; you, Lord, shall save both man and beast.

7  How precious is your loving mercy, O God! All mortal flesh shall take refuge under the shadow of your wings.

8  They shall be satisfied with the abundance of your house;
they shall drink from the river of your delights.  9 For with you is the well of life and in your light shall we see light.  10 O continue your loving-kindness to those who know you and your righteousness to those who are true of heart.

 

Second Reading

1 Corinthians 12.1-11

1Concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. 3Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Let Jesus be cursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.

4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

 

Gospel  John 2.1-11

1O on the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ 4And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ 5His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ 6Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. 8He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. 9 When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, 10‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’ 11Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. 

 

Post Communion Prayer

Almighty Father,
whose Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world:
may your people, illumined by your word and sacraments,
shine with the radiance of his glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed       to the ends of the earth; for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

 

Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

Post Communion (3rd of Epiphany) ©  1985 Anglican Church of Canada: The Book of Alternative Services

1 Corinthians 12.1-11 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Isaiah 62.1-5 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

John 2.1-11 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Psalm 36.5-10 ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000