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Sunday 20th January 

Isaiah 62:1-5

The prophet continues his reassurance of God’s favour towards Jerusalem, portraying her as a bride whose new names reverse her previous rejected status which earlier prophets had described by.

The Lord says this: ‘For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch. The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you,and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your builder marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.’

John 2:1-11

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. When 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 and 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.’ Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Next Sunday’s  (27th Jan.) Readings

Psalm 19:1-10,14

Luke 4:14-21


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.

The Prayer after 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.

Please remember in your prayers this week:

If you wish to add someone you know to the prayer list, please check with them first, as a matter of courtesy.

Members of our congregations unable to attend today.

Those who are sick or suffering, especially Jeanna Smith and Mercia Silvey.

The recently bereaved, especially the family and friends of  Margaret Eacott, Donald Hall, Ian McGowan and John Slater.

The Neale family, and their work with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Papua New Guinea.

The Rev’d. Carollyn McDonald, for a speedy recovery from her hip operation.

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