Sunday 10 January

O Lord, we beseech thee
mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people
which call upon thee;
and grant that they may both perceive and know
what things they ought to do,
and also may have grace and power
faithfully to fulfil the same;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Acts 19.1–7
While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the inland regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He said to them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?’ They replied, ‘No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.’ Then he said, ‘Into what then were you baptized?’ They answered, ‘Into John’s baptism.’ Paul said, ‘John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.’ On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied— altogether there were about twelve of them.

Psalm 29
    Ascribe to the Lord, you powers of heaven,
   ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
    Ascribe to the Lord the honour due to his name;
   worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
    The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;
      the God of glory thunders;
   the Lord is upon the mighty waters.
    The voice of the Lord is mighty in operation;
   the voice of the Lord is a glorious voice.
    The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees;
   the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
    He makes Lebanon skip like a calf
   and Sirion like a young wild ox.
    The voice of the Lord splits the flash of lightning;
      the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
   the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
    The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe
      and strips the forests bare;
   in his temple all cry, ‘Glory!’
    The Lord sits enthroned above the water flood;
   the Lord sits enthroned as king for evermore.
      The Lord shall give strength to his people;
   the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.