Ember Wednesday
according to the use of the Episcopal Church, USA

For those to be ordained


Collect

Almighty God, the giver of all good gifts, in your divine providence you have appointed various orders in the Church: Give grace to all who are [now] called to any office and ministry for your people; and so fill them with the truth of your doctrine and clothe them with holiness of life, that they may faithfully serve before you, to the glory of your great Name and for the benefit of your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings
Numbers 11:16-17,24-29
Psalm 99 or Psalm 27:1-9
1 Corinthians 3:5-11
John 4:31-38

First Reading
Numbers 11:16-17,24-29

Then the LORD said to Moses, "Gather for me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you. And I will come down and talk with you there. And I will take some of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them, and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you may not bear it yourself alone.

So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD. And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it.

Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. And a young man ran and told Moses, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp." And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, "My lord Moses, stop them." But Moses said to him, "Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the LORD's people were prophets, that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!"

The Psalm
Psalm 99
Dominus regnavit

1 The Lord is King;
let the people tremble; *
     he is enthroned upon the cherubim;
     let the earth shake.

2 The Lord is great in Zion; *
     he is high above all peoples.

3 Let them confess his Name, which is great and awesome; *
     he is the Holy One.

4 "O mighty King, lover of justice,
you have established equity; *
     you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob."

5 Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God
and fall down before his footstool; *
     he is the Holy One.

6 Moses and Aaron among his priests,
and Samuel among those who call upon his Name, *
     they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.

7 He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; *
     they kept his testimonies and the decree that he gave them.

8 O Lord our God, you answered them indeed; *
     you were a God who forgave them,
     yet punished them for their evil deeds.

9 Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God
and worship him upon his holy hill; *
     for the Lord our God is the Holy One.

or Psalm 27:1-9
Dominus illuminatio

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom then shall I fear? *
     the Lord is the strength of my life;
     of whom then shall I be afraid?

2 When evildoers came upon me to eat up my flesh, *
     it was they, my foes and my adversaries, who stumbled and fell.

3 Though an army should encamp against me, *
     yet my heart shall not be afraid;

4 And though war should rise up against me, *
     yet will I put my trust in him.

5 One thing have I asked of the Lord; one thing I seek; *
     that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life;

6 To behold the fair beauty of the Lord *
     and to seek him in his temple.

7 For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe in his shelter; *
     he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling
     and set me high upon a rock.

8 Even now he lifts up my head *
     above my enemies round about me.

9 Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation with sounds of great gladness; *
     I will sing and make music to the Lord.

Second Reading
1 Corinthians 3:5-11

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.

According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

The Gospel
John 4:31-38

Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, "Rabbi, eat." But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you do not know about." So the disciples said to one another, "Has anyone brought him something to eat?" Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, then comes the harvest'? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, 'One sows and another reaps.' I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor."

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