Sunday, January 31, 2021
Third Sunday after Theophany
II Timothy 3:1-12
 I will recount the steadfast love of the LORD,
the praises of the LORD,
according to all that the LORD has granted us,
and the great goodness to the house of Israel
which he has granted them according to his mercy,
according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
 For he said, Surely they are my people,
sons who will not deal falsely;
and he became their Savior.
 In all their affliction he was afflicted,
and the angel of his presence saved them;
in his love and in his pity he redeemed them;
he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
 But they rebelled
and grieved his holy Spirit;
therefore he turned to be their enemy,
and himself fought against them.
 Then he remembered the days of old,
of Moses his servant.
Where is he who brought up out of the sea
the shepherds of his flock?
Where is he who put in the midst of them
his holy Spirit,
 who caused his glorious arm
to go at the right hand of Moses,
who divided the waters before them
to make for himself an everlasting name,
 who led them through the depths?
Like a horse in the desert,
they did not stumble.
 Like cattle that go down into the valley,
the Spirit of the LORD gave them rest.
So thou didst lead thy people,
to make for thyself a glorious name.
 Look down from heaven and see,
from thy holy and glorious habitation.
Where are thy zeal and thy might?
The yearning of thy heart and thy compassion
are withheld from me.
 For thou art our Father,
though Abraham does not know us
and Israel does not acknowledge us;
thou, O LORD, art our Father,
our Redeemer from of old is thy name.
 O LORD, why dost thou make us err from thy ways
and harden our heart, so that we fear thee not?
Return for the sake of thy servants,
the tribes of thy heritage.
 Thy holy people possessed thy sanctuary a little while;
our adversaries have trodden it down.
II Timothy 3:1-12
 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of stress.
 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,
 inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, fierce, haters of good,
 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
 holding the form of religion but denying the power of it. Avoid such people.
 For among them are those who make their way into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and swayed by various impulses,
 who will listen to anybody and can never arrive at a knowledge of the truth.
 As Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of corrupt mind and counterfeit faith;
 but they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.
 Now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness,
 my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at Ico’nium, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me.
 Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
 On the next day the people who remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone.
 However, boats from Tiber’i-as came near the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks.
 So when the people saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Caper’na-um, seeking Jesus.
 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?”
 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.
 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you; for on him has God the Father set his seal.”
 Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?”
 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
 So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see, and believe you? What work do you perform?
 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, `He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”
 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
 For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world.”
 They said to him, “Lord, give us this bread always.”
 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.
 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe.
 All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out.
 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me;
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