SUNDAY (January 17, 2021)
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19–20)
“Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD in the presence of Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was. Then the LORD called Samuel, and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. And the LORD called again, “Samuel!” and Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.” (1 Samuel 3:1–7)
Hannah named her son Samuel, which means, “His name is El (God).” Out of gratitude for opening her barren womb, Hannah returns Samuel to God for service. Samuel’s life is one of service to God, even if he doesn’t fully understand it yet.
Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Let your grace be upon Linda, O Lord, and teach her to hope in the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of the Week
Almighty and everlasting God, who governs all things in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the prayers of Your people and grant us Your peace through all our days; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.