Old Testament Reading
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his
roots shall bear fruit. 2
And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the
Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit
of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. 3
And his delight shall be in the fear of
the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what
his ears hear, 4
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with
equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his
mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. 5
shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins.
The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the
young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little
child shall lead them. 7
The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie
down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8
The nursing child shall
play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the
adder’s den. 9
They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the
earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
10 In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of
him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.
Reader: The word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
(In said services, the psalm verses may be placed between the Epistle and the Gospel,
with the congregation standing in preparation for the Gospel. At services where
there is a hymn or canticle before the Gospel, the psalm might be said between the
Old Testament and Epistle, the people seated.)
1 Give the King your judgments, O God, *
and your righteousness to the King’s son.
2 Then shall he judge your people with righteousness *
and defend the poor with justice.
3 The mountains also shall bring peace, *
and the little hills righteousness to the people.
4 He shall vindicate the poor among the people, *
defend the children of the poor, and punish the wrongdoer.
5 They shall fear you as long as the sun and moon endure, *
from one generation to another.
6 He shall come down like the rain upon the mown grass, *
even as showers that water the earth.
7 In his time shall the righteous flourish, *
even an abundance of peace, so long as the moon endures.
8 His dominion shall be also from one sea to the other, *
and from the river unto the world’s end.
9 Those who dwell in the wilderness shall kneel before him; *
his enemies shall lick the dust.
10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall give presents; *
the kings of Arabia and Seba shall bring gifts.
11 All kings shall fall down before him; *
all nations shall do him service.
12 For he shall deliver the poor when he cries, *
the needy also, and the one that has no helper.
13 He shall be favorable to the lowly and needy, *
and shall preserve the lives of the poor.
14 He shall deliver them from falsehood and wrong, *
and dear shall their blood be in his sight.
15 Long may he live! And unto him shall be given the gold of Arabia; *
prayer shall ever be made unto him, and daily shall he be blessed.
( 16 There shall be an abundance of grain on the earth, thickupon the hilltops; *
its fruit shall flourish like Lebanon, its grain like the grass upon the earth.
17 His Name shall endure for ever; his Name shall remain as long as the sun. *
All the nations shall be blessed through him and shall call him blessed.
18 Blessed be the LORD God, even the God of Israel, *
who alone does wondrous things;
19 And blessed be the Name of his majesty for ever; *
and all the earth shall be filled with his majesty. Amen, Amen. )
New Testament Reading
We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak,
and not to please ourselves. 2
Let each of us please his neighbor for his good,
to build him up. 3
For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The
reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” 4
For whatever was written
in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and
through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5 May the
God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with
one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice
glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7
Therefore welcome one
another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s
truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, 9
order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,
“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.”
10 And again it is said,
“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”
11 And again,
“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples extol him.”
12 And again Isaiah says,
“The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will
the Gentiles hope.”
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by
the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Reader: The word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
The Holy Gospel
Deacon: The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, according to St.
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 “Re-
Sources: The Collect of the Day is taken from the Book of Common Prayer 2019. The Psalm
verses are taken from the New Coverdale Psalter of the BCP 2019. Scripture quotations are taken
from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
pent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 3
For this is he who was spoken of
by the prophet Isaiah when he said,
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make
his paths straight.’”
Now John wore a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist,
and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5
Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all
the region about the Jordan were going out to him, 6
and they were baptized by
him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism,
he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath
to come? 8
Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. 9
And do not presume to say
to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from
these stones to raise up children for Abraham. 10 Even now the axe is laid to the
root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down
and thrown into the fire.
11 “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is
mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you
with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will
clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will
burn with unquenchable fire.”
Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.