January 20th, 2019

Epiphany 2

  1. Explanation of the Week
  2. Introit
  3. Collect
  4. Old Testament
  5. Gradual
  6. Epistle
  7. Verse
  8. Gospel
  9. Morning Psalm
  10. First Reading
  11. Evening Psalm
  12. Second Reading

Explanation of the Week

The coming of the Messianic kingdom means the restoration of creation. The sign of this restoration is that "the mountains shall drip with sweet wine." (Amos 9:11-15) When the elements of a fallen creation fail and run short at a wedding feast, our Lord Jesus steps in to restore creation and miraculously changes water into an abundance of the very best wine. (Jn 2:1-11) With this sign Christ manifests His glory. The "back" of God (Ex 33:12-23) is revealed to those who believe. The hour will come when Jesus will again manifest His glory by taking creation's curse into His own body to release us from its power. The Groom will give His life for the Bride (Eph 5:22-32), and from His side will flow water and blood, the holy sacraments by which she is cleansed and made one with Him. Through this sacrificial love of Christ we are enabled to "be kindly affectionate to one another, . . . in honor giving preference to one another." (Rom 12:6-16)


All the earth shall | worship You,*
     and sing praises to | You, O God.
They shall sing praises | to Your name;*
     to Your name, | O Most High. (Psalm 66:4, 92:1)

Make a joyful shout to God, | all the earth!*
     Sing out the honor of His name; make His praise | glorious.
Say to God, "How awesome | are Your works!*
     All the earth shall sing prais- | es to You."
Come and see the | works of God;*
     He is awesome in His doing toward the | sons of men.
Blessed be God, who has not turned a- | way my prayer,*
     nor His mercy | from me! (Psalm 66:1-5, 20)


Almighty and everlasting God, who governs all things in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the prayers of Your people and grant us Your peace through all our days; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Old Testament · Ex. 33:12-23

Moses’ Intercession

 12Moses said to the LORD, "See,(A) you say to me, 'Bring up this people,' but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said,(B) 'I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.' 13Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please(C) show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is(D) your people." 14And he said,(E) "My presence will go with you, and(F) I will give you rest." 15And he said to him,(G) "If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. 16For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people?(H) Is it not in your going with us,(I) so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?"

 17And the LORD said to Moses, "This very thing that you have spoken I will do,(J) for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name." 18Moses said, "Please(K) show me your glory." 19And he said,(L) "I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name 'The LORD.' And(M) I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. 20But," he said, "you cannot see my face, for(N) man shall not see me and live." 21And the LORD said, "Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, 22and while my glory passes by I will put you in a(O) cleft of the rock, and I will(P) cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall(Q) not be seen."

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.



He sent His word and | healed them,*
     and delivered them from their de- | structions.
Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His | goodness,*
     and for His wonderful works to the child- | ren of men! (Psalm 107:20–21)

Epistle · Rom. 12:6-16

6(A) Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if(B) prophecy,(C) in proportion to our faith; 7if(D) service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity;(E) the one who leads,[a] with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with(F) cheerfulness.

Marks of the True Christian
 9(G) Let love be genuine.(H) Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10(I) Love one another with brotherly affection.(J) Outdo one another in showing honor. 11Do not be slothful in zeal,(K) be fervent in spirit,[b](L) serve the Lord. 12(M) Rejoice in hope,(N) be patient in tribulation,(O) be constant in prayer. 13(P) Contribute to the needs of the saints and(Q) seek to show hospitality.

 14(R) Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15(S) Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16(T) Live in harmony with one another.(U) Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.[c](V) Never be wise in your own sight.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.



Alle- | luia.*
     Alle- | luia.
Praise Him, all His | angels;*
     praise Him, all His hosts! Alle- | luia. (Psalm 148:2)

Gospel · John 2:1-11

The Wedding at Cana

 1On(A) the third day there was a wedding at(B) Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus also was invited to the wedding with(C) his disciples. 3When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." 4And Jesus said to her, (D) "Woman,(E) what does this have to do with me?(F) My hour has not yet come." 5His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."

 6Now there were six stone water jars there(G) for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty(H) gallons.[a] 7Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them up to the brim. 8And he said to them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast." So they took it. 9When the master of the feast tasted(I) the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10and said to him, "Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now." 11This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested(J) his glory. And(K) his disciples believed in him.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.


Morning Psalm · Ps. 14

The Fool Says, There Is No God

To the choirmaster. Of David.

 1(A) The(B) fool says in his heart,(C) "There is no God."
   They are(D) corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
   (E) there is none who does good.

 2The LORD(F) looks down from heaven on the children of man,
   to see if there are any who understand,[a]
   who(G) seek after God.

 3They have all turned aside; together they have become(H) corrupt;
   there is none who does good,
   not even one.

 4Have they no(I) knowledge, all the evildoers
   who(J) eat up my people as they eat bread
   and(K) do not call upon the LORD?

 5There they are in great terror,
   for God is with(L) the generation of the righteous. 6You would shame the plans of the poor,
   but[b] the LORD is his(M) refuge.

 7Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
   When the LORD(N) restores the fortunes of his people,
   let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.


First Reading · Ezek. 47:1-14; Ezek 47:21-23

Water Flowing from the Temple

 1Then he brought me back to(A) the door of the temple, and behold,(B) water was issuing from below(C) the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of(D) the altar. 2Then he brought me out by way of(E) the north gate and led me around on the outside to(F) the outer gate that faces toward the east; and behold, the water was trickling out on the south side.

 3Going on eastward with a measuring line in his hand,(G) the man measured a thousand cubits,[a] and then led me through the water, and it was ankle-deep. 4Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was waist-deep. 5Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen. It was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through. 6And he said to me,(H) "Son of man,(I) have you seen this?"


   Then he led me back to the bank of the river. 7As I went back, I saw on the bank of the river(J) very many trees on the one side and on the other. 8And he said to me, "This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into(K) the Arabah, and enters the sea;[b] when the water flows into(L) the sea, the water will become fresh.[c] 9And wherever the river goes,[d] every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish. For this water goes there, that the waters of the sea[e] may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes. 10Fishermen will stand beside the sea. From(M) Engedi to(N) Eneglaim it will be a place for the spreading of nets. Its fish will be of very many kinds, like the fish of(O) the Great Sea.[f] 11But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they are to be left for salt. 12And on the banks,(P) on both sides of the river, there will grow(Q) all kinds of trees for food.(R) Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail,(S) but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing."

Division of the Land

 13Thus says the Lord GOD: "This is the boundary[g] by which(T) you shall divide the land for inheritance among the twelve tribes of Israel.(U) Joseph shall have two portions. 14And you shall divide equally what(V) I swore(W) to give to your fathers.(X) This land shall fall to you as your inheritance.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.


Evening Psalm · Ps. 16

You Will Not Abandon My Soul

A(A) Miktam[a] of David.

 1Preserve me, O God, for in you I(B) take refuge. 2I say to the LORD, "You are my Lord;
   (C) I have no good apart from you."

 3As for(D) the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
   in whom is all my delight.[b]

 4The sorrows of those who run after[c] another god shall multiply;
   their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
   or(E) take their names on my lips.

 5The LORD is(F) my chosen portion and my(G) cup;
   you hold my(H) lot. 6(I) The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
   indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

 7I bless the LORD who(J) gives me counsel;
   in(K) the night also my(L) heart instructs me.[d] 8(M) I have(N) set the LORD always before me;
   because he is at my(O) right hand, I shall not be(P) shaken.

 9Therefore my heart is glad, and my(Q) whole being[e] rejoices;
   my flesh also dwells secure. 10For you will not abandon my soul to(R) Sheol,
   (S) or let your(T) holy one see(U) corruption.[f]

 11You make known to me(V) the path of life;
   in your presence there is(W) fullness of joy;
   at your right hand are(X) pleasures forevermore.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.


Second Reading · Rom. 9: 19-33

 19You will say to me then, "Why does he still find fault? For(A) who can resist his will?" 20But who are you, O man,(B) to answer back to God?(C) Will what is molded say to its molder, "Why have you made me like this?" 21(D) Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump(E) one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? 22What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience(F) vessels of wrath(G) prepared for destruction, 23in order to make known(H) the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he(I) has prepared beforehand for glory— 24even us whom he(J) has called,(K) not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? 25As indeed he says in Hosea,
   (L) "Those who were not my people I will call 'my people,'
   and her who was not beloved I will call 'beloved.'" 26(M) "And in the very place where it was said to them, 'You are not my people,'
   there they will be called(N) 'sons of the living God.'"

 27And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel:(O) "Though the number of the sons of Israel[a] be as the sand of the sea,(P) only a remnant of them will be saved, 28for the Lord will carry out his sentence upon the earth fully and without delay." 29And as Isaiah predicted,
   (Q) (R) "If the Lord of hosts had not left us offspring,
   (S) we would have been like Sodom
   and become like Gomorrah."

Israel’s Unbelief
 30What shall we say, then?(T) That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is,(U) a righteousness that is by faith; 31but that Israel(V) who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness[b](W) did not succeed in reaching that law. 32Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the(X) stumbling stone, 33as it is written,
   (Y) "Behold, I am laying in Zion(Z) a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense;
   (AA) and whoever believes in him will not be(AB) put to shame."

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.



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