The Second Sunday of Epiphany
We welcome you to enhance your home worship with our written service which offers prayers, today’s readings and music.
Let us Pray
We start by praying for peace in the World, remembering those whose lives are troubled by war and unrest.
Almighty God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed: kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all, the true love of peace and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth that in tranquillity your kingdom may go forward, till the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; 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.
Hymn 50 – From the eastern mountains
Eternal Lord, our beginning and our end: bring us with the whole creation to your glory, hidden through past ages and made known in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Isaiah 49: 1-7
1 Corinthians 1: 1-9
John 1: 29-42
Anthem: The Journey – Simon Lole
In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ,
let us pray to the Father.
Father, your glory is revealed to us in your son Jesus Christ, in his life and in his teachings.
We give thanks for the charitable generosity that helped him reveal your glory then and which continues to this day.
We pray for all those involved in the financial administration of your church, remembering that they do so to your greater Glory. Bless their work, and the contributions that support and sustain every place where people gather in your name.
At the same time, Help us, and all people who gather in your name, remember that our purpose is to reveal that Glory to the whole world, not only to each other.
O God, the creator and preserver of all,
we pray for people in every kind of need;
make your ways known on earth,
your saving health among all nations.
We pray for the good estate of the worldwide Church; for Bruce and all who minister in our diocese and within the Anglican communion as well as their congregations.
guide and govern us by your good Spirit,
that all who profess and call themselves Christians
may be led into the way of truth,
and hold the faith in unity of spirit,
in the bond of peace and in righteousness of life …
We commend to your fatherly goodness
all those who are any ways afflicted or distressed,
in mind, body or estate;
Particularly remembering those known to us as well as those affected by conflict and strife everywhere.
comfort and relieve them in their need,
give them patience in their sufferings,
and bring good out of all their afflictions …
We remember those who have gone before us
in the peace of Christ,
and we give you praise for all your faithful ones,
with whom we rejoice in the communion of saints …
All this we ask for Jesus Christ’s sake
Hymn 343 – Bright the vision that delighted
God our Father, whose Son, the light unfailing, has come from heaven to deliver the world from the darkness of ignorance:let these holy mysteries open the eyes of our understanding that we may know the way of life, and walk in it without stumbling; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.