St. Mary's Church

Third Sunday after Epiphany

Third Sunday after Epiphany

22 Jan 2022 • General news

Collect: God of all mercy, your Son proclaimed good news to the poor, release to the captives, and freedom to the oppressed: anoint us with your Holy Spirit and set all your people free to praise you in Christ our Lord.

Post Communion: Almighty Father, whose Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world: may your people, illuminated 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.Amen

Nehemiah 8. 1-3, 5-6, 8-10

1All the people gathered together into the square before the Water Gate. They told the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had given to Israel. 2Accordingly, the priest Ezra brought the law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could hear with understanding. This was on the first day of the seventh month. 3He read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the book of the law.

5And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up. 6Then Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God and all the people answered, ‘Amen, Amen,’ lifting up their hands. Then they bowed their heads and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.

8So they read from the book, from the law of God, with interpretation. They gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.

9And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, ‘This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep.’ For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law. 10Then he said to them, ‘Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our LORD; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.’

1 Corinthians 12. 12-31a

12Just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body - Jews or Greeks, slaves or free – and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

14Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot would say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear would say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many members, yet one body. 21The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you,’ nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’ 22 On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23and those members of the body that we think less honourable we clothe with greater honour, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; 24whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honour to the inferior member, 25that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. 26If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together with it.

27Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31But strive for the greater gifts.

Luke 4. 14-21

14Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

16When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:18‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’20And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’

Intercessions for 23 January 2022

Lord Jesus, hear us as we come to you in prayer. Be with us in the moments of stillness and quiet, help us to focus on you and seek out your voice.

Lord, you are steadfast, faithful, the truth and the light – the constant in the world of chaos that surrounds us. From politicians fighting and pointing the finger, to natural disasters in places we have never visited and to unthinkable random acts of cruelty and assault we give thanks that you remain our rock, our shelter in times of trouble and our protector and redeemer. We turn to you to seek out the truth, to find answers to the questions we have and to find solace and rest in your arms.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer

Lord we pray for your church here in Walsgrave. We pray for those members of the PCC working on the vacancy vision to attract the right incumbent to our church. Be with them in their planning and deliberations as they begin to write our parish profile. Help them find the words to describe St Mary’s, its community and future hopes and dreams. We give thanks to all those ministering to us during this period of interregnum, for the time they give to help us continue on our faith journey and their words of wisdom and inspiration. We pray that you would help each of us to make use of our individual talents and gifts enabling our church to flourish. Help us spread the warmth of your welcome to everyone we meet and welcome all who come here no matter what their background or outlook on life.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer

Lord, we pray for leaders everywhere and in every sort of decision making role. Be a calming influence in heated discussions, wipe away false pride, those who are self-seeking and full of deceit. Urge all those in positions of power seek the common good so that the powerless and weak are lifted up. We ask that the spiritual gifts you bestow are not wasted – that gifts of wisdom, knowledge, healing are valued and respected. Give leaders insight and understanding of how to achieve harmony so that all are valued and justice and righteousness reign.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer

Lord, today we pray for victims of fire, flood, earthquake, famine or disease. For those whom disaster has left homeless, injured or bereaved. We think especially of the people of Tonga recovering after the volcanic eruption and tsunami. We pray for the families especially the children starving in Afghanistan. Be the support of all who give their strength, their skill and their stamina to provide relief in these areas. We ask you to open our hearts in generosity and prayer that we may also be partners and support where we can to make a more equal world where none go hungry or without shelter.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer

We pray for people who are frightened because they are ill. Reassure them that because of the knowledge that you give to us, many diseases can now be cured. Help them to have confidence in the medical staff treating them and caring for them. Give them courage, hope and peace. Be with them in their weakness, pain and suffering. We pray especially for those who have no one to help them, for those who are lost, lonely or feeling unloved. Help us to reach out to them, to value them as you treasure each one of us calling us individually by name. Lord, we trust in your deep desire for our wellbeing and bring before you now those known to us in need of your healing touch…….

Lord, may your healing hand touch them where they hurt and provide relief and release from their pain.

Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray for those whose hearts have been saddened by the death of someone close and dear to them, for members of our families who have died and whose anniversary we recall. We thank you for their lives and for all that they were. Comfort those who grieve and feel the emptiness of losing a loved one. May they have confidence in your goodness and strength to face the days, weeks, months and years ahead.

Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Lord be with us this week as we go out to serve others in our love for you. Help us find the situations where we can make a difference, where we can use the gifts you have given us to share your love through the actions we take and the words that we speak.

Merciful Father,

Accept these prayers, for the sake of your son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen