January 27th, 2019

Epiphany 3

  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 Gospel of Christ is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. (Rom 1:8-17) Even in the Old Testament, the Gentiles were beneficiaries of God's saving power. Though unimpressed at first with the Word of God, a Syrian commander is persuaded to receive that Word, and in the water he is cleansed and brought to faith in the God of Israel. (2 Ki 5:1-15a) Evil is overcome by good. (Rom 12:16-21) So also in the New Testament a Roman centurion demonstrates great and humble faith in the Lord. (Mt 8:1-13) All He needs is the Word of Christ. For He trusts that Jesus' Word of healing has authority to accomplish what it says. And indeed it does. The centurion's faith is praised by our Lord above that of any Israelite. For the last shall be first, and the first last. Apart from faith in Christ, there is no salvation, even for a Jew, but only weeping and gnashing of teeth.


The heavens declare His | righteousness,*
     and all the peoples see His | glory.
For You, LORD, are most high above | all the earth;*
     You are exalted far a- | bove all gods (Psalm 97:6,9)

The LORD reigns; let the | earth rejoice;*
     let the multitude of | isles be glad!
He preserves the souls | of His saints;*
     He delivers them out of the hand of the | wicked.
Light is sown for the | righteous,*
     and gladness for the up- | right in heart.
Rejoice in the LORD, you | righteous,*
     And give thanks at the remembrance of His | holy name. (Psalm 97:1, 10-12)


Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities and stretch forth the hand of Your majesty to heal and defend us; 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 · 2 Kings 5:1-15

Naaman Healed of Leprosy

 1(A) Naaman,(B) commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master and in high favor, because by him the LORD had given victory to Syria. He was a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper.[a] 2Now the Syrians on(C) one of their raids had carried off a little girl from the land of Israel, and she worked in the service of Naaman’s wife. 3She said to her mistress, "Would that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy." 4So Naaman went in and told his lord, "Thus and so spoke the girl from the land of Israel." 5And the king of Syria said, "Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel."


   So he went,(D) taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels[b] of gold, and ten(E) changes of clothing. 6And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, "When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you Naaman my servant, that you may cure him of his leprosy." 7And when the king of Israel read the letter,(F) he tore his clothes and said,(G) "Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Only(H) consider, and see how he is seeking a quarrel with me."

 8But when Elisha the(I) man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent to the king, saying, "Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come now to me, that he may know that there is a prophet in Israel." 9So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and stood at the door of Elisha’s house. 10And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying,(J) "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean." 11But Naaman was angry and went away, saying, "Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper. 12Are not Abana[c] and Pharpar, the rivers of(K) Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?" So he turned and went away in a rage. 13But his servants came near and said to him,(L) "My father, it is a great word the prophet has spoken to you; will you not do it? Has he actually said to you, 'Wash, and be clean'?" 14So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God,(M) and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child,(N) and he was clean.

Gehazi’s Greed and Punishment

 15Then he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and he came and stood before him. And he said, "Behold, I know that(O) there is no God in all the earth but in Israel; so(P) accept now a present from your servant."

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



The nations shall fear the name | of the LORD,*
     and all the kings of the earth Your | glory.
For the LORD shall build up | Zion;*
     He shall appear in His | glory. (Psalm 102:15–16)

Epistle · Rom. 12:16-21

16(A) Live in harmony with one another.(B) Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.[a](C) Never be wise in your own sight. 17(D) Repay no one evil for evil, but(E) give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18If possible, so far as it depends on you,(F) live peaceably with all. 19Beloved,(G) never avenge yourselves, but leave it[b] to the wrath of God, for it is written,(H) "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." 20To the contrary,(I) "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head." 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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.
The LORD reigns; let the | earth rejoice,*
     let the multitude of nations be glad! Alle- | luia. (Psalm 97:1)

Gospel · Matt. 8:1-13

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

 1When he came down from the mountain,(A) great crowds followed him. 2(B) And behold, a leper[a] came to him and(C) knelt before him, saying, "Lord, if you will, you can make me clean." 3And Jesus[b] stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, "I will; be clean." And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4And Jesus said to him, (D) "See that you say nothing to anyone, but go,(E) show yourself to the priest and(F) offer the gift that Moses commanded,(G) for a proof to them."

The Faith of a Centurion

 5(H) When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, 6"Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly." 7And he said to him, "I will come and heal him." 8But the centurion replied, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but(I) only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes, and to another, 'Come,' and he comes, and to my servant,[c] 'Do this,' and he does it." 10When Jesus heard this,(J) he marveled and said to those who followed him, "Truly, I tell you, with(K) no one in Israel[d] have I found such faith. 11I tell you,(L) many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12(M) while the sons of the kingdom(N) will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place(O) there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." 13And to the centurion Jesus said, "Go; let it be done for you(P) as you have believed."(Q) And the servant was healed at that very moment.

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


Morning Psalm · Ps. 15

Who Shall Dwell on Your Holy Hill?

A Psalm of David.

 1O LORD,(A) who shall sojourn in your(B) tent?
   Who shall dwell on your(C) holy hill?

 2He who(D) walks blamelessly and(E) does what is right
   and(F) speaks truth in his heart; 3who(G) does not slander with his tongue
   and does no evil to his neighbor,
   nor(H) takes up a reproach against his friend; 4(I) in whose eyes a vile person is despised,
   but who honors those who fear the LORD;who(J) swears to his own hurt and does not change; 5who(K) does not put out his money at interest
   and(L) does not take a bribe against the innocent.He who does these things shall never be(M) moved.

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


First Reading · Zech. 4:1-5:11

A Vision of a Golden Lampstand

 1And(A) the angel who talked with me came again(B) and woke me, like a man who is awakened out of his sleep. 2And he said to me, "What do you see?" I said, "I see, and behold,(C) a lampstand all of gold, with a bowl on the top of it, and(D) seven lamps on it, with seven lips on each of the lamps that are on the top of it. 3And there are(E) two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left." 4And I said to(F) the angel who talked with me, "What are these, my lord?" 5Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me,(G) "Do you not know what these are?" I said, "No, my lord." 6Then he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to(H) Zerubbabel:(I) Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts. 7Who are you,(J) O great mountain? Before(K) Zerubbabel(L) you shall become a plain. And he shall bring forward(M) the top stone amid shouts of 'Grace, grace to it!'"

 8Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 9(N) "The hands of(O) Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also(P) complete it.(Q) Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. 10(R) For whoever has despised the day of small things shall rejoice, and shall see(S) the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.


   (T) "These seven(U) are the eyes of the LORD, which range through the whole earth." 11Then I said to him, "What are these(V) two olive trees on the right and the left of the lampstand?" 12And a second time I answered and said to him, "What are these(W) two branches of the olive trees, which are beside the two golden pipes from which the golden oil[a] is poured out?" 13He said to me,(X) "Do you not know what these are?" I said, "No, my lord." 14Then he said,(Y) "These are the two anointed ones[b] who stand by(Z) the Lord of the whole earth."

A Vision of a Flying Scroll

 1Again I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, a flying(AA) scroll! 2And he said to me, "What do you see?" I answered, "I see a flying(AB) scroll. Its length is twenty cubits, and its width ten cubits."[c] 3Then he said to me, "This is(AC) the curse that goes out over the face of the whole land. For everyone who(AD) steals shall be cleaned out according to what is on one side, and everyone who(AE) swears falsely[d] shall be cleaned out according to what is on the other side. 4I will send it out, declares the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter the house of the thief, and the house of(AF) him who swears falsely by my name. And(AG) it shall remain in his house and(AH) consume it, both timber and stones."

A Vision of a Woman in a Basket

 5(AI) Then the angel who talked with me came forward and said to me,(AJ) "Lift your eyes and see what this is that is going out." 6And I said, "What is it?" He said, "This is(AK) the basket[e] that is going out." And he said, "This is their iniquity[f] in all the land." 7And behold, the leaden cover was lifted, and there was a woman sitting in the basket! 8And he said, "This is Wickedness." And he thrust her back into the basket, and thrust down(AL) the leaden weight on its opening.

 9Then I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, two women coming forward!(AM) The wind was in their wings. They had wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the basket between earth and heaven. 10Then I said to the angel who talked with me, "Where are they taking the basket?" 11He said to me, "To the(AN) land of Shinar, to build a house for it. And when this is prepared, they will set the basket down there on its base."

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


Evening Psalm · Ps. 33

The Steadfast Love of the LORD

 1(A) Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous!
   (B) Praise befits the upright. 2Give thanks to the LORD with the(C) lyre;
   make melody to him with(D) the harp of ten strings! 3Sing to him(E) a new song;
   play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

 4For the word of the LORD is upright,
   and all his work is done in(F) faithfulness. 5He(G) loves righteousness and justice;
   (H) the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.

 6By(I) the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
   and by(J) the breath of his mouth all(K) their host. 7He gathers the waters of the sea as(L) a heap;
   he(M) puts the deeps in storehouses.

 8Let all the earth fear the LORD;
   let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! 9For(N) he spoke, and it came to be;
   he commanded, and it stood firm.

 10The LORD(O) brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
   he frustrates the plans of the peoples. 11(P) The counsel of the LORD stands forever,
   the plans of his heart to all generations. 12(Q) Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
   the people whom he has(R) chosen as his heritage!

 13The LORD(S) looks down from heaven;
   he sees all the children of man; 14from(T) where he sits enthroned he(U) looks out
   on all the inhabitants of the earth, 15he who fashions the hearts of them all
   and observes all their deeds. 16(V) The king is not saved by his great army;
   a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. 17(W) The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
   and by its great might it cannot rescue.

 18Behold,(X) the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him,
   (Y) on those who hope in his steadfast love, 19that he may(Z) deliver their soul from death
   and keep them alive in(AA) famine.

 20Our soul(AB) waits for the LORD;
   he is our(AC) help and(AD) our shield. 21For our heart is(AE) glad in him,
   because we(AF) trust in his holy name. 22Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,
   even as we hope in you.

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


Second Reading · Rom. 15:14-33

Paul the Minister to the Gentiles

 14(A) I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers,[a] that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with(B) all knowledge and able to instruct one another. 15But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder,(C) because of the grace given me by God 16to be(D) a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles(E) in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that(F) the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 17In Christ Jesus, then, I have(G) reason to be proud of(H) my work for God. 18For I will not venture to speak of anything except(I) what Christ has accomplished through me(J) to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, 19(K) by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that(L) from Jerusalem and all the way around(M) to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ; 20and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named,(N) lest I build on someone else’s foundation, 21but as it is written,
   (O) "Those who have never been told of him will see,
   and those who have never heard will understand."

Paul’s Plan to Visit Rome

 22This is the reason why(P) I have so often been hindered from coming to you. 23But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and(Q) since I have longed for many years to come to you, 24I hope to see you in passing as I go(R) to Spain, and(S) to be helped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a while. 25At present, however,(T) I am going to Jerusalem bringing aid to the saints. 26For(U) Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem. 27For they were pleased to do it, and indeed(V) they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings. 28When therefore I have completed this and have delivered to them what has been collected,[b] I will leave(W) for Spain by way of you. 29I know that when I come to you I will come in the fullness of the blessing[c] of Christ.

 30I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by(X) the love of the Spirit,(Y) to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, 31(Z) that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that(AA) my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and(AB) be refreshed in your company. 33May(AC) the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

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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