Weekly Scripture Readings
The Transfiguration of our Lord
February 8 & 11, 2018
Old Testament Reading: Exodus 34:29–35
> The Shining Face of Moses
> When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as
he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he
had been talking with God. Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of
his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them, and Aaron and
all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses talked with them. Afterward all
the people of Israel came near, and he commanded them all that the LORD had spoken with him
in Mount Sinai. And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face.
> Whenever Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he would remove the veil, until he
came out. And when he came out and told the people of Israel what he was commanded, the
people of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face was shining. And Moses
would put the veil over his face again, until he went in to speak with him.
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 3:12—4:6
> Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that
the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. But their minds were
hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because
only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts.
But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of
the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being
transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who
is the Spirit.
> The Light of the Gospel
> Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced
disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the
open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this
world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the
glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord,
with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has
shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Holy Gospel: Mark 9:2–9
> The Transfiguration
> And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by
themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no
one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with
Jesus. And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you
and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. And a
cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” And
suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.
> And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until
the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
The 5th Sunday after Epiphany
Stewardship Celebration 3
February 1 & 4, 2018
Old Testament Reading: 1 Chronicles 29:17–22
> I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of
my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are
present here, offering freely and joyously to you. O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel,
our fathers, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct
their hearts toward you. Grant to Solomon my son a whole heart that he may keep your
commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, performing all, and that he may build the
palace for which I have made provision.”
> Then David said to all the assembly, “Bless the LORD your God.” And all the assembly blessed
the LORD, the God of their fathers, and bowed their heads and paid homage to the LORD and to
the king. And they offered sacrifices to the LORD, and on the next day offered burnt offerings to
the LORD, 1,000 bulls, 1,000 rams, and 1,000 lambs, with their drink offerings, and sacrifices in
abundance for all Israel. And they ate and drank before the LORD on that day with great
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 9:16–27
> For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me.
Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward, but not
of my own will, I am still entrusted with a stewardship. What then is my reward? That in my
preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the
> For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of
them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as
one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law.
To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but
under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak,
that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save
some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.
> Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run
that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a
perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating
the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I
myself should be disqualified.
Holy Gospel: Mark 1:29–39
> Jesus Heals Many
> And immediately [Jesus] left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with
James and John.
> Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. And he
came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve
> That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. And
the whole city was gathered together at the door. And he healed many who were sick with
various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak,
because they knew him.
> Jesus Preaches in Galilee
> And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a
desolate place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him,
and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” And he said to them, “Let us
go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” And he went
throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.