SECOND SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS – FIRST SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Kings 3:4-15

King Solomon went to Gibeon to sacrifice,for that was the great high place.  He used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.  5At Gibeon the Lord appeared to himin a dream by night, and said, “Ask what I shall give you.”  6And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, be-causehe walked before you in faithfulness, in righteous-ness, and in uprightness of heart toward you.  And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love andhave given him a son to sit on his throne this day.  7And now, OLordmy God,you have made your servant king in place of David my father,although I am but a little child.  I do not knowhow to go out or come in.  8And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people,too many to be numbered or counted for multitude.  9Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”  10It pleased theLord that Solomon had asked this.  11AndGod said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life, or riches, or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.  13I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days.  14And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments,as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”  15And Solomonawoke, and behold, it was a dream.  Then he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered up burnt offerings and peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.