January 19

FIRST LESSON                                                               Isaiah 49:1-7
Lector         A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah
Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away!  The LORD called me before I was born, while I was in my mother's womb he named me. He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away. And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” But I said, “I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my cause is with the LORD, and my reward with my God.” And now the LORD says, who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him, for I am honored in the sight of the LORD, and my God has become my strength-he says, “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations, the slave of rulers, “Kings shall see and stand up, princes, and they shall prostrate themselves, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”
Lector:     Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.
People    Thanks be to God.

SECOND LESSON                                                        1 Corinthians 1:1-9
Lector    A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians
Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind-- just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you-- so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Lector       Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.
People     Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL                                                                    John 1:29-42

Priest        The Holy Gospel of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, according to Saint John.
People     Glory to you, Lord Christ.
John saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.” The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).
Priest      The Gospel of the Lord
People   Praise to you, Lord Christ.
Let us pray for the church and for the world, that all people may shine with the radiance of Christ, saying: Lord, hear our prayer.
For the church of God, that all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be filled with all spiritual gifts and preserved in faith and peace, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
For the mission of the church, that like the disciples we may bring our brothers and sisters everywhere to come and see the Savior, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
For the peoples of the world, and all who govern them, and for peace and mutual respect among nations, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For those impoverished, oppressed, or humiliated by our way of life, that justice, equality, and reconciliation may unite all of God’s creation, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
For those who are sick, for those who mourn, and for those in any kind of trouble, that our actions may show God’s care for them, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
     (Here other intercessions may be offered silently or aloud.)
For all who have died in the peace of Christ, and for all the departed, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
Eternal God, hear the prayers of all your people, and give us the will and the courage to serve you throughout the world, until the day of our Lord Jesus Christ, n whose name we pray. Amen.