Quinquagesima – 03/03/2019

Readings for the Eighth Sunday after the Epiphany:
The Old Testament reading is taken from the Book of
Jeremiah, chapter 7, beginning with the 1st verse:
The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
“Stand in the gate of the LORD’s house, and proclaim
there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all
you men of Judah who enter these gates to worship the
LORD. Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:
Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you
dwell in this place. Do not trust in these deceptive
words: ‘This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of
the LORD, the temple of the LORD.’
“For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if
you truly execute justice one with another, if you do
not oppress the sojourner, the fatherless, or the widow,
or shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not go
after other gods to your own harm, then I will let you
dwell in this place, in the land that I gave of old to your
fathers forever.
“Behold, you trust in deceptive words to no avail.
Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely,
make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you
have not known, and then come and stand before me in
this house, which is called by my name, and say, ‘We are
delivered!’—only to go on doing all these
abominations? Has this house, which is called by my
name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, I
myself have seen it, declares the LORD. Go now to my
place that was in Shiloh, where I made my name dwell
at first, and see what I did to it because of the evil of my
people Israel. And now, because you have done all these
things, declares the LORD, and when I spoke to you
persistently you did not listen, and when I called you,
you did not answer, therefore I will do to the house that
is called by my name, and in which you trust, and to
the place that I gave to you and to your fathers, as I did
to Shiloh. And I will cast you out of my sight, as I cast
out all your kinsmen, all the offspring of Ephraim.
This is the Word of the Lord
The psalm appointed for the Eighth Sunday after
the Epiphany is Psalm 92, found in your bulletin.
[Saturday – We will stand and read it together, as
printed in your bulletin.]
[Sunday – We will stand and sing a metrical
version together.]
The New Testament Reading is taken from the
First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians, chapter 15,
beginning with the 50th verse:
I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot
inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable
inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery.
We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in
a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised
imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this
perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this
mortal body must put on immortality. When the
perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal
puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying
that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the
law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast,
immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,
knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
This is the Word of the Lord
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
according to St. Luke, chapter 6, beginning with
the 39th verse:
He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man
lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?
A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when
he is fully trained will be like his teacher. Why do you
see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but qdo not
notice the log that is in your own eye? How can you
say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck
that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the
log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take
the log out of your own eye, and then you will see
clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s
“For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does
a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by
its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush.
The good person out of the good treasure of his heart
produces good, and the evil person out of his evil
treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the
heart his mouth speaks.
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what
I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my
words and does them, I will show you what he is like:
he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and
laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood
arose, the stream broke against that house and could
not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one
who hears and does not do them is like a man who
built a house on the ground without a foundation.
When the stream broke against it, immediately it
fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”


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