We can prepare our hearts & minds
by reading ahead for
the Sunday Service lesson.
The First Sunday after the Epiphany
January 8, 2023
The First Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6
A time is coming, Isaiah prophecies, when God’s warm light of salvation will shine on humanity, overcoming the darkness of evil and oppression, illumining the way forward.
The Psalm: 72:1-7, 10-14, page 685, BCP
The Second Reading: Ephesians 3:1-12
The Apostle Paul is inspired to reaffirm to the Gentile converts that they are equal members with Jews in the inheritance promised to those who follow Christ by the power of the gospel.
The Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12
Jesus’s arrival is revealed to wise men in the East by way of a great star; they seek to bless the newborn king. Herod, threatened, tries to take advantage of their goodwill in order to kill off his rival.