Daily Bible Reading

The First Sunday After Epiphany

Chief Hymn: Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-book (1918) #446

Liturgical Color: Green


I SAW || the Lord sit- | ting | on | a - | throne, *
    High and | lift- | ed | up, -
|| And I heard the voice of a great multitude, saying, | “Al- | le- | lu- - | ia! *
    For the Lord God Omni- | po- | tent | reigns!” -
|| Make a joyful shout to the | Lord, | all | you - | lands! *
    Serve the Lord | with | glad- | ness; - (Isaiah 6:1b; Revelation 19:6a, c; Psalm 100:1-2a) 

Psalm Readings

Matins: Psalm 13

Vespers: Psalm 86

First Reading: Rom. 12:1-5

12  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.


|| Blessèd be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only | does | won- | drous - | things! *
    And blessèd be His glorious name | for- | ev- | er! -
|| The mountains will bring peace | to | the | peo- - | ple, *
    And the little hills | right- | eous- | ness. -
|| Alleluia! Alleluia! Make a joyful shout to the | Lord, | all | you - | lands! *
    Serve the Lord with gladness. Al- | le- | lu- | ia! - (Psalms 72:18-19a, 3; 100:1-2a)

Second Reading: Luke 2:41-52

His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.” And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them. Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.


O Lord, we beseech Thee mercifully to receive the prayers of Thy people who call upon Thee, and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfill the same; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.