Sunday, January 17, 2021
First Sunday after Theophany
I Timothy 1:1-11
 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and a report concerning him went out through all the surrounding country.
 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.
 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and he went to the synagogue, as his custom was, on the sabbath day. And he stood up to read;
 and there was given to him the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened the book and found the place where it was written,
 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
 to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
 And he closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.
 And he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
 And all spoke well of him, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth; and they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”
 And he said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, `Physician, heal yourself; what we have heard you did at Caper’na-um, do here also in your own country.’”
 And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his own country.
 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Eli’jah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when there came a great famine over all the land;
 and Eli’jah was sent to none of them but only to Zar’ephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.
 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Eli’sha; and none of them was cleansed, but only Na’aman the Syrian.”
 When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath.
 And they rose up and put him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw him down headlong.
 But passing through the midst of them he went away.
 “Sing, O barren one, who did not bear;
break forth into singing and cry aloud,
you who have not been in travail!
For the children of the desolate one will be more
than the children of her that is married, says the LORD.
 Enlarge the place of your tent,
and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;
hold not back, lengthen your cords
and strengthen your stakes.
 For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left,
and your descendants will possess the nations
and will people the desolate cities.
 “Fear not, for you will not be ashamed;
be not confounded, for you will not be put to shame;
for you will forget the shame of your youth,
and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
 For your Maker is your husband,
the LORD of hosts is his name;
and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,
the God of the whole earth he is called.
 For the LORD has called you
like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit,
like a wife of youth when she is cast off,
says your God.
 For a brief moment I forsook you,
but with great compassion I will gather you.
 In overflowing wrath for a moment
I hid my face from you,
but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,
says the LORD, your Redeemer.
 “For this is like the days of Noah to me:
as I swore that the waters of Noah
should no more go over the earth,
so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you
and will not rebuke you.
 For the mountains may depart
and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,
says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
 “O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted,
behold, I will set your stones in antimony,
and lay your foundations with sapphires.
 I will make your pinnacles of agate,
your gates of carbuncles,
and all your wall of precious stones.
 All your sons shall be taught by the LORD,
and great shall be the prosperity of your sons.
I Timothy 1:1-11
 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,
 To Timothy, my true child in the faith:
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
 As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine,
 nor to occupy themselves with myths and endless genealogies which promote speculations rather than the divine training that is in faith;
 whereas the aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith.
 Certain persons by swerving from these have wandered away into vain discussion,
 desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make assertions.
 Now we know that the law is good, if any one uses it lawfully,
 understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
 immoral persons, sodomites, kidnapers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,
 in accordance with the glorious gospel of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.
 On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there;
 Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples.
 When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”
 And Jesus said to her, “O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come.”
 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
 Now six stone jars were standing there, for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.
 Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.
 He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the steward of the feast.” So they took it.
 When the steward of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward of the feast called the bridegroom
 and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.”
 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
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