21st JANUARY 2018

 THIRD SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY

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.

First Reading Genesis 14. 17 - 20

17After his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).  18And King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High.  19He blessed him and said, ‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth; 20and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!’  And Abram gave him one-tenth of everything.

Second Reading  Revelation 19. 6 - 10

6Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunder-peals, crying out, ‘Hallelujah!  For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.  7Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready; 8to her it has been granted to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure’— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.  9And the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’ And he said to me, ‘These are true words of God.’  10Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, ‘You must not do that! I am a fellow-servant with you and your comrades who hold the testimony of Jesus.  Worship God!  For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.’

Holy Gospel  John 2. 1 - 11

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.  9When 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 10and said to him, ‘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

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.

 

Mission Community Prayer

Lord grant us the grace to pray for those in need

Grant us the grace to see needs in those around us

Grant us the grace to seek to fulfil those needs

Grant us the wisdom to know when to talk

And the wisdom to know when to listen.