Weekly Scripture Readings
5th Sunday After Pentecost
June 24, 2018
Old Testament Reading: Job 38:1–11
The LORD Answers Job
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Dress for action like a man;
> I will question you, and you make it known to me.
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
> Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
> Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone,
when the morning stars sang together
> and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
“Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb,
when I made clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band,
and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors,
and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
> and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 6:1–13
Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says,
> “In a favorable time I listened to you,
> and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”
Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in anyone’s
way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in
every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots,
labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love;
by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for
the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet
are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed;
as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing
> We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open. You are not restricted by us, but you
are restricted in your own affections. In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also.
Holy Gospel: Mark 4:35–41
Jesus Calms a Storm
> On that day, when evening had come, [Jesus] said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.”
And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with
him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was
already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him,
“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the
sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you
so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who
then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?”
4th Sunday After Pentecost
June 17, 2018
Old Testament Reading: Ezekiel 17:22–24
> Thus says the Lord GOD: “I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of the cedar and will set
it out. I will break off from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one, and I myself will plant it
on a high and lofty mountain. On the mountain height of Israel will I plant it, that it may bear
branches and produce fruit and become a noble cedar. And under it will dwell every kind of
bird; in the shade of its branches birds of every sort will nest. And all the trees of the field shall
know that I am the LORD; I bring low the high tree, and make high the low tree, dry up the green
tree, and make the dry tree flourish. I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will do it.”
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 5:1–10
Our Heavenly Dwelling
> For we know that if the tent, which is our earthly home, is destroyed, we have a building from
God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to
put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while
we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we
would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has
prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
> So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are
away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we
would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or
away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of
Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether
good or evil.
Holy Gospel: Mark 4:26–34
The Parable of the Growing Seed
> And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps
and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces
by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe,
at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
> And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for
it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the
seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants
and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
> With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. He did not
speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.