Monday 4 January

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Creator of the heavens,
who led the Magi by a star
to worship the Christ–child:
guide and sustain us,
that we may find our journey’s end
in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

John 1.43-51
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’ Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’ When Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him, he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’ Nathanael asked him, ‘Where did you come to know me?’ Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’ Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’ And he said to him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’

Psalm 89.1–37
    My song shall be always of the loving-kindness of the Lord:
   with my mouth will I proclaim your faithfulness
      throughout all generations.
    I will declare that your love is established for ever;
   you have set your faithfulness as firm as the heavens.
    For you said: ‘I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
   I have sworn an oath to David my servant:
    ‘ “Your seed will I establish for ever
   and build up your throne for all generations.” ’
    The heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
   and your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones;
    For who among the clouds can be compared to the Lord?
   Who is like the Lord among the host of heaven?
    A God feared in the council of the holy ones,
   great and terrible above all those round about him.
    Who is like you, Lord God of hosts?
   Mighty Lord, your faithfulness is all around you.
    You rule the raging of the sea;
   you still its waves when they arise.
      You crushed Rahab with a deadly wound
   and scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
      Yours are the heavens; the earth also is yours;
   you established the world and all that fills it.
      You created the north and the south;
   Tabor and Hermon rejoice in your name.
      You have a mighty arm;
   strong is your hand and high is your right hand.
      Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
   steadfast love and faithfulness go before your face.
      Happy are the people who know the shout of triumph:
   they walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance.
      In your name they rejoice all the day long
   and are exalted in your righteousness.
      For you are the glory of their strength,
   and in your favour you lift up our heads.
      Truly the Lord is our shield;
   the Holy One of Israel is our king.
      You spoke once in a vision and said to your faithful people:
   ‘I have set a youth above the mighty;
      I have raised a young man over the people.
      ‘I have found David my servant;
   with my holy oil have I anointed him.
      ‘My hand shall hold him fast
   and my arm shall strengthen him.
      ‘No enemy shall deceive him,
   nor any wicked person afflict him.
      ‘I will strike down his foes before his face
   and beat down those that hate him.
      ‘My truth also and my steadfast love shall be with him,
   and in my name shall his head be exalted.
      ‘I will set his dominion upon the sea
   and his right hand upon the rivers.
      ‘He shall call to me, “You are my Father,
   my God, and the rock of my salvation;”
      ‘And I will make him my firstborn,
   the most high above the kings of the earth.
      ‘The love I have pledged to him will I keep for ever,
   and my covenant will stand fast with him.
      ‘His seed also will I make to endure for ever
   and his throne as the days of heaven.
      ‘But if his children forsake my law
   and cease to walk in my judgements,
      ‘If they break my statutes
   and do not keep my commandments,
      ‘I will punish their offences with a rod
   and their sin with scourges.
      ‘But I will not take from him my steadfast love
   nor suffer my truth to fail.
      ‘My covenant will I not break
   nor alter what has gone out of my lips.
      ‘Once for all have I sworn by my holiness
   that I will not prove false to David.
      ‘His seed shall endure for ever
   and his throne as the sun before me;
      ‘It shall stand fast for ever as the moon,
   the enduring witness in the heavens.’