Sunday, February 7, 2021
Fourth Sunday after Theophany
 Thy holy people possessed thy sanctuary a little while;
our adversaries have trodden it down.
 We have become like those over whom thou hast never ruled,
like those who are not called by thy name.
 O that thou wouldst rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains might quake at thy presence —
 as when fire kindles brushwood
and the fire causes water to boil —
to make thy name known to thy adversaries,
and that the nations might tremble at thy presence!
 When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for,
thou camest down, the mountains quaked at thy presence.
 From of old no one has heard
or perceived by the ear,
no eye has seen a God besides thee,
who works for those who wait for him.
 Thou meetest him that joyfully works righteousness,
those that remember thee in thy ways.
Behold, thou wast angry, and we sinned;
in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?
 We have all become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
We all fade like a leaf,
and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
 There is no one that calls upon thy name,
that bestirs himself to take hold of thee;
for thou hast hid thy face from us,
and hast delivered us into the hand of our iniquities.
 Yet, O LORD, thou art our Father;
we are the clay, and thou art our potter;
we are all the work of thy hand.
 Be not exceedingly angry, O LORD,
and remember not iniquity for ever.
Behold, consider, we are all thy people.
 Thy holy cities have become a wilderness,
Zion has become a wilderness,
Jerusalem a desolation.
 Our holy and beautiful house,
where our fathers praised thee,
has been burned by fire,
and all our pleasant places have become ruins.
 Wilt thou restrain thyself at these things, O LORD?
Wilt thou keep silent, and afflict us sorely?
 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth which accords with godliness,
 in hope of eternal life which God, who never lies, promised ages ago
 and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by command of God our Savior;
 To Titus, my true child in a common faith:
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
 This is why I left you in Crete, that you might amend what was defective, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you,
 if any man is blameless, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of being profligate or insubordinate.
 For a bishop, as God’s steward, must be blameless; he must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain,
 but hospitable, a lover of goodness, master of himself, upright, holy, and self-controlled;
 he must hold firm to the sure word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to confute those who contradict it.
 For there are many insubordinate men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially the circumcision party;
 they must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for base gain what they have no right to teach.
 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, “If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink.
 He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, `Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.’”
 Now this he said about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were to receive; for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
 When they heard these words, some of the people said, “This is really the prophet.”
 Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee?
 Has not the scripture said that the Christ is descended from David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?”
 So there was a division among the people over him.
 Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.
 The officers then went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why did you not bring him?”
 The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this man!”
 The Pharisees answered them, “Are you led astray, you also?
 Have any of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him?
 But this crowd, who do not know the law, are accursed.”
 Nicode’mus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them,
 “Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?”
 They replied, “Are you from Galilee too? Search and you will see that no prophet is to rise from Galilee.”
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