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Service for Sunday 22nd March 2020

Scripture Lessons

St. Luke 1:26-38

26: In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee,
27: to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
28: The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.”
29: Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
30: But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God.
31: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.
32: He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,
33: and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34: “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35: The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
36: Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month.
37: For no word from God will ever fail.”
38: “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

St. Luke 2:41-51

The Boy Jesus at the Temple
41: Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover.
42: When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom.
43: After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.
44: Thinking he was in their company, they travelled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends.
45: When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.
46: After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
47: Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
48: When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
49: “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”
50: But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
51: Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.

St. John 2:1-11

1: On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there,
2: and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.
3: When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
4: “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
5: His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6: Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.
7: Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
8: Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so,
9: and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside
10: and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
11: What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

St. Mark 3:31-35

31: Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him.
32: A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.”
33: “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.
34: Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35: Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

St. John 19:25-27

25: Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
26: When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,”
27: and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

The Lord bless to us the reading of his Holy Word and to his name be all the praise and all the glory.

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