The Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Sunday, January 21, 2024
Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
God of the prophets, you call us from evil to serve you. Fulfill in us your commonwealth of justice and joy, that the light of your presence may be revealed to all nations, to the glory of Jesus’ name. Amen.
The Old Testament Lesson:
Jonah 3:1-5, 10 KJV
And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying,
2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.
3 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey.
4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
Psalm 62:5-12 KJV
5 My soul, wait thou only upon God;*
for my expectation is from him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation:*
he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
7 In God is my salvation and my glory:*
the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him:*
God is a refuge for us. Selah.
9 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie:*
to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.
10 Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery:*
if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.
11 God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this;*
that power belongeth unto God.
12 Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy:*
for thou renderest to every man according to his work.
1 Corinthians 7:29-31 KJV
29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;
30 And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not;
31 And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.
Mark 1:14-20 KJV
14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
18 And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.
19 And when he had gone a little farther thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets.
20 And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.