Saturday 2 January

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God of truth,
whose Wisdom set her table
and invited us to eat the bread and drink the wine
   of the kingdom:
help us to lay aside all foolishness
and to live and walk in the way of insight,
that we may come to the eternal feast of heaven;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

John 1.35–42
The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and see.’ They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas’ (which is translated Peter).

Psalm 18.1–30
    I love you, O Lord my strength.
   The Lord is my crag, my fortress and my deliverer,
    My God, my rock in whom I take refuge,
   my shield, the horn of my salvation and my stronghold.
    I cried to the Lord in my anguish
   and I was saved from my enemies.
    The cords of death entwined me
   and the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
    The cords of the Pit fastened about me
   and the snares of death entangled me.
    In my distress I called upon the Lord
   and cried out to my God for help.
    He heard my voice in his temple
   and my cry came to his ears.
    The earth trembled and quaked;
   the foundations of the mountains shook;
      they reeled because he was angry.
    Smoke rose from his nostrils
      and a consuming fire went out of his mouth;
   burning coals blazed forth from him.
      He parted the heavens and came down
   and thick darkness was under his feet.
      He rode upon the cherubim and flew;
   he came flying on the wings of the wind.
      He made darkness his covering round about him,
   dark waters and thick clouds his pavilion.
      From the brightness of his presence, through the clouds
   burst hailstones and coals of fire.
      The Lord also thundered out of heaven;
   the Most High uttered his voice
      with hailstones and coals of fire.
      He sent out his arrows and scattered them;
   he hurled down lightnings and put them to flight.
      The springs of the ocean were seen,
      and the foundations of the world uncovered
   at your rebuke, O Lord,
      at the blast of the breath of your displeasure.
      He reached down from on high and took me;
   he drew me out of the mighty waters.
      He delivered me from my strong enemy,
   from foes that were too mighty for me.
      They came upon me in the day of my trouble;
   but the Lord was my upholder.
      He brought me out into a place of liberty;
   he rescued me because he delighted in me.
      The Lord rewarded me after my righteous dealing;
   according to the cleanness of my hands he recompensed me,
      Because I had kept the ways of the Lord
   and had not gone wickedly away from my God,
      For I had an eye to all his laws,
   and did not cast out his commandments from me.
      I was also wholehearted before him
   and kept myself from iniquity;
      Therefore the Lord rewarded me
      after my righteous dealing,
   and according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
      With the faithful you show yourself faithful;
   with the true you show yourself true;
      With the pure you show yourself pure,
   but with the crooked you show yourself perverse.
      For you will save a lowly people
   and bring down the high looks of the proud.
      You also shall light my candle;
   the Lord my God shall make my darkness to be bright.
      By your help I shall run at an enemy host;
   with the help of my God I can leap over a wall.