26 January 2020                                                     Third 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 9.1-4

1But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.  2The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined.  3You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder.  4For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.

 

Psalm   Psalm 27.1,4-12

1                 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? 
The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?  One thing have I asked of the Lord    and that alone I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord      all the days of my life,  To behold the fair beauty of the Lord and to seek his will in his temple.  For in the day of trouble he shall hide me in his shelter; in the secret place of his dwelling shall he hide me and set me high upon a rock.  And now shall he lift up my head above my enemies round about me;  Therefore will I offer in his dwelling an oblation with great gladness; I will sing and make music to the Lord.  Hear my voice, O Lord, when I call; have mercy upon me and answer me.

10               My heart tells of your word, ‘Seek my face.’ Your face, Lord, will I seek. Hide not your face from me, nor cast your servant away in displeasure.  You have been my helper; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

 

Second Reading

1 Corinthians 1.10-18

10I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. 11For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. 12What I mean is that each of you says, ‘I belong to Paul,’ or ‘I belong to Apollos,’ or ‘I belong to Cephas,’ or ‘I belong to Christ.’ 13Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else. 17For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power.  18For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 

 

Gospel  Matthew 4.12-23

12When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: 15‘Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles – 16the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death
light has dawned.’  17From that time Jesus began to proclaim, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 

18As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake – for they were fishermen. 19And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ 20Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. 22Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him. 

23Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.

 

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 1.10-18 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Isaiah 9.1-4 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Matthew 4.12-23 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Psalm 27.1,4-12 ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000