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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018 | EPIPHANY
TUESDAY AFTER THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD
YEAR B
             Psalm       Psalm 110:1–4
             First Reading       Job 19:23–27
             Second Reading       1 Timothy 3:14–16

Index of Readings

PSALM
Psalm 110:1–4
      1 The LORD says to my lord:
      “Sit at my right hand,
      till I make your enemies your footstool.”
      2 The LORD sends forth from Zion
      your mighty scepter.
      Rule in the midst of your foes!
      3 Your people will offer themselves freely
      on the day you lead your host
      upon the holy mountains.
      From the womb of the morning
      like dew your youth will come to you.
      4 The LORD has sworn
      and will not change his mind,
      “You are a priest for ever
      after the order of Melchizedek.”
 
FIRST READING
Job 19:23–27
      23 “Oh that my words were written!
      Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
      24 Oh that with an iron pen and lead
      they were graven in the rock for ever!
      25 For I know that my Redeemer lives,
      and at last he will stand upon the earth;
      26 and after my skin has been thus destroyed,
      then from my flesh I shall see God,
      27 whom I shall see on my side,
      and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
      My heart faints within me!
 
SECOND READING
1 Timothy 3:14–16
14 I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these instructions to you so that, 15 if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth. 16 Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of our religion:
      He was manifested in the flesh,
      vindicated in the Spirit,
      seen by angels,
      preached among the nations,
      believed on in the world,
      taken up in glory.
 
 
 
 

LENT
 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018 | LENT
ASH WEDNESDAY
YEARS ABC
             Old Testament       Joel 2:1–2, 12–17 or Isaiah 58:1–12
             Psalm       Psalm 51:1–17
             New Testament       2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10
             Gospel       Matthew 6:1–6, 16–21

Index of Readings

OLD TESTAMENT
Option A
Joel 2:1–2, 12–17
      1 Blow the trumpet in Zion;
      sound the alarm on my holy mountain!
      Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,
      for the day of the LORD is coming, it is near,
      2 a day of darkness and gloom,
      a day of clouds and thick darkness!
      Like blackness there is spread upon the mountains
      a great and powerful people;
      their like has never been from of old,
      nor will be again after them
      through the years of all generations.

      12 “Yet even now,” says the LORD,
      “return to me with all your heart,
      with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
      13 and rend your hearts and not your garments.”
      Return to the LORD, your God,
      for he is gracious and merciful,
      slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,
      and repents of evil.
      14 Who knows whether he will not turn and repent,
      and leave a blessing behind him,
      a cereal offering and a drink offering
      for the LORD, your God?
      15 Blow the trumpet in Zion;
      sanctify a fast;
      call a solemn assembly;
      16 gather the people.
      Sanctify the congregation;
      assemble the elders;
      gather the children,
      even nursing infants.
      Let the bridegroom leave his room,
      and the bride her chamber.
      17 Between the vestibule and the altar
      let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep
      and say, “Spare thy people, O LORD,
      and make not thy heritage a reproach,
      a byword among the nations.
      Why should they say among the peoples,
      ‘Where is their God?’”
 
OR
Option B
Isaiah 58:1–12
1 “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet;
      declare to my people their transgression,
      to the house of Jacob their sins.
      2 Yet they seek me daily,
      and delight to know my ways,
      as if they were a nation that did righteousness
      and did not forsake the ordinance of their God;
      they ask of me righteous judgments,
      they delight to draw near to God.
      3 ‘Why have we fasted, and thou seest it not?
      Why have we humbled ourselves,
      and thou takest no knowledge of it?’
      Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure,
      and oppress all your workers.
      4 Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight
      and to hit with wicked fist.
      Fasting like yours this day
      will not make your voice to be heard on high.
      5 Is such the fast that I choose,
      a day for a man to humble himself?
      Is it to bow down his head like a rush,
      and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him?
      Will you call this a fast,
      and a day acceptable to the LORD?
      6 “Is not this the fast that I choose:
      to loose the bonds of wickedness,
      to undo the thongs of the yoke,
      to let the oppressed go free,
      and to break every yoke?
      7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
      and bring the homeless poor into your house;
      when you see the naked, to cover him,
      and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
      8 Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
      and your healing shall spring up speedily;
      your righteousness shall go before you,
      the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
      9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer;
      you shall cry, and he will say,
      Here I am.
      “If you take away from the midst of you the yoke,
      the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
      10 if you pour yourself out for the hungry
      and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
      then shall your light rise in the darkness
      and your gloom be as the noonday.
      11 And the LORD will guide you continually,
      and satisfy your desire with good things,
      and make your bones strong;
      and you shall be like a watered garden,
      like a spring of water,
      whose waters fail not.
      12 And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
      you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
      you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
      the restorer of streets to dwell in.
 
PSALM
Psalm 51:1–17
      1 Have mercy on me, O God,
      according to thy steadfast love;
      according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
      and cleanse me from my sin!
      3 For I know my transgressions,
      and my sin is ever before me.
      4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned,
      and done that which is evil in thy sight,
      so that thou art justified in thy sentence
      and blameless in thy judgment.
      5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
      and in sin did my mother conceive me.
      6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward being;
      therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
      7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
      wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
      8 Fill me with joy and gladness;
      let the bones which thou hast broken rejoice.
      9 Hide thy face from my sins,
      and blot out all my iniquities.
      10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
      and put a new and right spirit within me.
      11 Cast me not away from thy presence,
      and take not thy holy Spirit from me.
      12 Restore to me the joy of thy salvation,
      and uphold me with a willing spirit.
      13 Then I will teach transgressors thy ways,
      and sinners will return to thee.
      14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
      thou God of my salvation,
      and my tongue will sing aloud of thy deliverance.
      15 O Lord, open thou my lips,
      and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.
      16 For thou hast no delight in sacrifice;
      were I to give a burnt offering, thou wouldst not be pleased.
      17 The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;
      a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10
20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Chapter 6
1 Working together with him, then, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. 2 For he says,
      “At the acceptable time I have listened to you,
      and helped you on the day of salvation.”
Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 3 We put no obstacle in any one’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4 but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5 beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; 6 by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, 7 truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8 in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

GOSPEL
Matthew 6:1–6, 16–21
1 “Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
 2 “Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
16 “And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
 
 
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2018 | LENT
THURSDAY BEFORE THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
YEAR B
             Psalm       Psalm 25:1–10
             First Reading       Daniel 9:1–14
             Second Reading       1 John 1:3–10

Index of Readings

PSALM
Psalm 25:1–10
      1 To thee, O LORD, I lift up my soul. 2 O my God, in thee I trust,
      let me not be put to shame;
      let not my enemies exult over me.
      3 Yea, let none that wait for thee be put to shame;
      let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
      4 Make me to know thy ways, O LORD;
      teach me thy paths.
      5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me,
      for thou art the God of my salvation;
      for thee I wait all the day long.
      6 Be mindful of thy mercy, O LORD, and of thy steadfast love,
      for they have been from of old.
      7 Remember not the sins of my youth, or my transgressions;
      according to thy steadfast love remember me,
      for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD!
      8 Good and upright is the LORD;
      therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
      9 He leads the humble in what is right,
      and teaches the humble his way.
      10 All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness,
      for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
 
FIRST READING
Daniel 9:1–14
1 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasu-erus, by birth a Mede, who became king over the realm of the Chaldeans— 2 in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years which, according to the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years.
3 Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and supplications with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. 4 I prayed to the LORD my God and made confession, saying, “O Lord, the great and terrible God, who keepest covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 5 we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from thy commandments and ordinances; 6 we have not listened to thy servants the prophets, who spoke in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. 7 To thee, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us confusion of face, as at this day, to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, those that are near and those that are far away, in all the lands to which thou hast driven them, because of the treachery which they have committed against thee. 8 To us, O Lord, belongs confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. 9 To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness; because we have rebelled against him, 10 and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God by following his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. 11 All Israel has transgressed thy law and turned aside, refusing to obey thy voice. And the curse and oath which are written in the law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out upon us, because we have sinned against him. 12 He has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us and against our rulers who ruled us, by bringing upon us a great calamity; for under the whole heaven there has not been done the like of what has been done against Jerusalem. 13 As it is written in the law of Moses, all this calamity has come upon us, yet we have not entreated the favor of the LORD our God, turning from our iniquities and giving heed to thy truth. 14 Therefore the LORD has kept ready the calamity and has brought it upon us; for the LORD our God is righteous in all the works which he has done, and we have not obeyed his voice.
 
SECOND READING
1 John 1:3–10
3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship with us; and our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And we are writing this that our joy may be complete.
5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth; 7 but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018 | LENT
FRIDAY BEFORE THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
YEAR B
             Psalm       Psalm 25:1–10
             First Reading       Daniel 9:15–25a
             Second Reading       2 Timothy 4:1–5

Index of Readings

PSALM
Psalm 25:1–10
      1 To thee, O LORD, I lift up my soul. 2 O my God, in thee I trust,
      let me not be put to shame;
      let not my enemies exult over me.
      3 Yea, let none that wait for thee be put to shame;
      let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
      4 Make me to know thy ways, O LORD;
      teach me thy paths.
      5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me,
      for thou art the God of my salvation;
      for thee I wait all the day long.
      6 Be mindful of thy mercy, O LORD, and of thy steadfast love,
      for they have been from of old.
      7 Remember not the sins of my youth, or my transgressions;
      according to thy steadfast love remember me,
      for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD!
      8 Good and upright is the LORD;
      therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
      9 He leads the humble in what is right,
      and teaches the humble his way.
      10 All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness,
      for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
 
FIRST READING
Daniel 9:15–25a
15 And now, O Lord our God, who didst bring thy people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast made thee a name, as at this day, we have sinned, we have done wickedly. 16 O Lord, according to all thy righteous acts, let thy anger and thy wrath turn away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy hill; because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people have become a byword among all who are round about us. 17 Now therefore, O our God, hearken to the prayer of thy servant and to his supplications, and for thy own sake, O Lord, cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary, which is desolate. 18 O my God, incline thy ear and hear; open thy eyes and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name; for we do not present our supplications before thee on the ground of our righteousness, but on the ground of thy great mercy. 19 O LORD, hear; O LORD, forgive; O LORD, give heed and act; delay not, for thy own sake, O my God, because thy city and thy people are called by thy name.”
20 While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy hill of my God; 21 while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the first, came to me in swift flight at the time of the evening sacrifice. 22 He came and he said to me, “O Daniel, I have now come out to give you wisdom and understanding. 23 At the beginning of your supplications a word went forth, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the word and understand the vision.
24 “Seventy weeks of years are decreed concerning your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place. 25 Know therefore and understand that from the going forth of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time.

SECOND READING
2 Timothy 4:1–5
1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths. 5 As for you, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry.
 
 
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2018 | LENT
SATURDAY BEFORE THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
YEAR B
             Psalm       Psalm 25:1–10
             First Reading       Psalm 32
             Second Reading       Matthew 9:2–13

Index of Readings

PSALM
Psalm 25:1–10
      1 To thee, O LORD, I lift up my soul. 2 O my God, in thee I trust,
      let me not be put to shame;
      let not my enemies exult over me.
      3 Yea, let none that wait for thee be put to shame;
      let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
      4 Make me to know thy ways, O LORD;
      teach me thy paths.
      5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me,
      for thou art the God of my salvation;
      for thee I wait all the day long.
      6 Be mindful of thy mercy, O LORD, and of thy steadfast love,
      for they have been from of old.
      7 Remember not the sins of my youth, or my transgressions;
      according to thy steadfast love remember me,
      for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD!
      8 Good and upright is the LORD;
      therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
      9 He leads the humble in what is right,
      and teaches the humble his way.
      10 All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness,
      for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
 
FIRST READING
Psalm 32
PSALM 32
A Psalm of David. A Maskil.
1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
      whose sin is covered.
      2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity,
      and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
      3 When I declared not my sin, my body wasted away
      through my groaning all day long.
      4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me;
      my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. [Selah]
      5 I acknowledged my sin to thee,
      and I did not hide my iniquity;
      I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”;
      then thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin. [Selah]
      6 Therefore let every one who is godly
      offer prayer to thee;
      at a time of distress, in the rush of great waters,
      they shall not reach him.
      7 Thou art a hiding place for me,
      thou preservest me from trouble;
      thou dost encompass me with deliverance. [Selah]
      8 I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;
      I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
      9 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
      which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
      else it will not keep with you.
      10 Many are the pangs of the wicked;
      but steadfast love surrounds him who trusts in the LORD.
      11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous,
      and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
 
SECOND READING
Matthew 9:2–13
2 And behold, they brought to him a paralytic, lying on his bed; and when Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” 3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” 4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? 6 But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, take up your bed and go home.” 7 And he rose and went home. 8 When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
9 As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.
10 And as he sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2018 | LENT
FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
YEAR B
             Old Testament       Genesis 9:8–17
             Psalm       Psalm 25:1–10
             New Testament       1 Peter 3:18–22
             Gospel       Mark 1:9–15

Index of Readings

OLD TESTAMENT
Genesis 9:8–17
8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your descendants after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. 11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will look upon it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.” 17 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.”
 
PSALM
Psalm 25:1–10
      1 To thee, O LORD, I lift up my soul. 2 O my God, in thee I trust,
      let me not be put to shame;
      let not my enemies exult over me.
      3 Yea, let none that wait for thee be put to shame;
      let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
      4 Make me to know thy ways, O LORD;
      teach me thy paths.
      5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me,
      for thou art the God of my salvation;
      for thee I wait all the day long.
      6 Be mindful of thy mercy, O LORD, and of thy steadfast love,
      for they have been from of old.
      7 Remember not the sins of my youth, or my transgressions;
      according to thy steadfast love remember me,
      for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD!
      8 Good and upright is the LORD;
      therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
      9 He leads the humble in what is right,
      and teaches the humble his way.
      10 All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness,
      for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
1 Peter 3:18–22
18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit; 19 in which he went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a clear conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him.

GOSPEL
Mark 1:9–15
9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; 11 and a voice came from heaven, “Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased.”
12 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 And he was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to him.
14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.”
 
 
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2018 | LENT
MONDAY AFTER THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
YEAR B
             Psalm       Psalm 77
             First Reading       Job 4:1–21
             Second Reading       Ephesians 2:1–10

Index of Readings

PSALM
Psalm 77
PSALM 77
To the choirmaster: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of Asaph.
      1 I cry aloud to God,
      aloud to God, that he may hear me.
      2 In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;
      in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
      my soul refuses to be comforted.
      3 I think of God, and I moan;
      I meditate, and my spirit faints. [Selah]
      4 Thou dost hold my eyelids from closing;
      I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
      5 I consider the days of old,
      I remember the years long ago.
      6 I commune with my heart in the night;
      I meditate and search my spirit:
      7 “Will the Lord spurn for ever,
      and never again be favorable?
      8 Has his steadfast love for ever ceased?
      Are his promises at an end for all time?
      9 Has God forgotten to be gracious?
      Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” [Selah]
      10 And I say, “It is my grief
      that the right hand of the Most High has changed.”
      11 I will call to mind the deeds of the LORD;
      yea, I will remember thy wonders of old.
      12 I will meditate on all thy work,
      and muse on thy mighty deeds.
      13 Thy way, O God, is holy.
      What god is great like our God?
      14 Thou art the God who workest wonders,
      who hast manifested thy might among the peoples.
      15 Thou didst with thy arm redeem thy people,
      the sons of Jacob and Joseph. [Selah]
      16 When the waters saw thee, O God,
      when the waters saw thee, they were afraid,
      yea, the deep trembled.
      17 The clouds poured out water;
      the skies gave forth thunder;
      thy arrows flashed on every side.
      18 The crash of thy thunder was in the whirlwind;
      thy lightnings lighted up the world;
      the earth trembled and shook.
      19 Thy way was through the sea,
      thy path through the great waters;
      yet thy footprints were unseen.
      20 Thou didst lead thy people like a flock
      by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
 
FIRST READING
Job 4:1–21
      1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:
      2 “If one ventures a word with you, will you be offended?
      Yet who can keep from speaking?
      3 Behold, you have instructed many,
      and you have strengthened the weak hands.
      4 Your words have upheld him who was stumbling,
      and you have made firm the feeble knees.
      5 But now it has come to you, and you are impatient;
      it touches you, and you are dismayed.
      6 Is not your fear of God your confidence,
      and the integrity of your ways your hope?
      7 “Think now, who that was innocent ever perished?
      Or where were the upright cut off?
      8 As I have seen, those who plow iniquity
      and sow trouble reap the same.
      9 By the breath of God they perish,
      and by the blast of his anger they are consumed.
      10 The roar of the lion, the voice of the fierce lion,
      the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
      11 The strong lion perishes for lack of prey,
      and the whelps of the lioness are scattered.
      12 “Now a word was brought to me stealthily,
      my ear received the whisper of it.
      13 Amid thoughts from visions of the night,
      when deep sleep falls on men,
      14 dread came upon me, and trembling,
      which made all my bones shake.
      15 A spirit glided past my face;
      the hair of my flesh stood up.
      16 It stood still,
      but I could not discern its appearance.
      A form was before my eyes;
      there was silence, then I heard a voice:
      17 ‘Can mortal man be righteous before God?
      Can a man be pure before his Maker?
      18 Even in his servants he puts no trust,
      and his angels he charges with error;
      19 how much more those who dwell in houses of clay,
      whose foundation is in the dust,
      who are crushed before the moth.
      20 Between morning and evening they are destroyed;
      they perish for ever without any regarding it.
      21 If their tent-cord is plucked up within them,
      do they not die, and that without wisdom?’
 
SECOND READING
Ephesians 2:1–10
1 And you he made alive, when you were dead through the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience. 3 Among these we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of body and mind, and so we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God— 9 not because of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
 
 
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2018 | LENT
TUESDAY AFTER THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
YEAR B
             Psalm       Psalm 77
             First Reading       Job 5:8–27
             Second Reading       1 Peter 3:8–18a

Index of Readings

PSALM
Psalm 77
PSALM 77
To the choirmaster: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of Asaph.
      1 I cry aloud to God,
      aloud to God, that he may hear me.
      2 In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;
      in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
      my soul refuses to be comforted.
      3 I think of God, and I moan;
      I meditate, and my spirit faints. [Selah]
      4 Thou dost hold my eyelids from closing;
      I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
      5 I consider the days of old,
      I remember the years long ago.
      6 I commune with my heart in the night;
      I meditate and search my spirit:
      7 “Will the Lord spurn for ever,
      and never again be favorable?
      8 Has his steadfast love for ever ceased?
      Are his promises at an end for all time?
      9 Has God forgotten to be gracious?
      Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” [Selah]
      10 And I say, “It is my grief
      that the right hand of the Most High has changed.”
      11 I will call to mind the deeds of the LORD;
      yea, I will remember thy wonders of old.
      12 I will meditate on all thy work,
      and muse on thy mighty deeds.
      13 Thy way, O God, is holy.
      What god is great like our God?
      14 Thou art the God who workest wonders,
      who hast manifested thy might among the peoples.
      15 Thou didst with thy arm redeem thy people,
      the sons of Jacob and Joseph. [Selah]
      16 When the waters saw thee, O God,
      when the waters saw thee, they were afraid,
      yea, the deep trembled.
      17 The clouds poured out water;
      the skies gave forth thunder;
      thy arrows flashed on every side.
      18 The crash of thy thunder was in the whirlwind;
      thy lightnings lighted up the world;
      the earth trembled and shook.
      19 Thy way was through the sea,
      thy path through the great waters;
      yet thy footprints were unseen.
      20 Thou didst lead thy people like a flock
      by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
 
FIRST READING
Job 5:8–27
      8 “As for me, I would seek God,
      and to God would I commit my cause;
      9 who does great things and unsearchable,
      marvelous things without number:
      10 he gives rain upon the earth
      and sends waters upon the fields;
      11 he sets on high those who are lowly,
      and those who mourn are lifted to safety.
      12 He frustrates the devices of the crafty,
      so that their hands achieve no success.
      13 He takes the wise in their own craftiness;
      and the schemes of the wily are brought to a quick end.
      14 They meet with darkness in the daytime,
      and grope at noonday as in the night.
      15 But he saves the fatherless from their mouth,
      the needy from the hand of the mighty.
      16 So the poor have hope,
      and injustice shuts her mouth.
      17 “Behold, happy is the man whom God reproves;
      therefore despise not the chastening of the Almighty.
      18 For he wounds, but he binds up;
      he smites, but his hands heal.
      19 He will deliver you from six troubles;
      in seven there shall no evil touch you.
      20 In famine he will redeem you from death,
      and in war from the power of the sword.
      21 You shall be hid from the scourge of the tongue,
      and shall not fear destruction when it comes.
      22 At destruction and famine you shall laugh,
      and shall not fear the beasts of the earth.
      23 For you shall be in league with the stones of the field,
      and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you.
      24 You shall know that your tent is safe,
      and you shall inspect your fold and miss nothing.
      25 You shall know also that your descendants shall be many,
      and your offspring as the grass of the earth.
      26 You shall come to your grave in ripe old age,
      as a shock of grain comes up to the threshing floor in its season.
      27 Lo, this we have searched out; it is true.
      Hear, and know it for your good.”
 
SECOND READING
1 Peter 3:8–18a
8 Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love of the brethren, a tender heart and a humble mind. 9 Do not return evil for evil or reviling for reviling; but on the contrary bless, for to this you have been called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For
      “He that would love life
      and see good days,
      let him keep his tongue from evil
      and his lips from speaking guile;
      11 let him turn away from evil and do right;
      let him seek peace and pursue it.
      12 For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous,
      and his ears are open to their prayer.
      But the face of the Lord is against those that do evil.”
13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is right? 14 But even if you do suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence; 16 and keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are abused, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing right, if that should be God’s will, than for doing wrong. 18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit;
 
 
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018 | LENT
WEDNESDAY AFTER THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
YEAR B
             Psalm       Psalm 77
             First Reading       Proverbs 30:1–9
             Second Reading       Matthew 4:1–11

Index of Readings

PSALM
Psalm 77
PSALM 77
To the choirmaster: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of Asaph.
      1 I cry aloud to God,
      aloud to God, that he may hear me.
      2 In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;
      in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
      my soul refuses to be comforted.
      3 I think of God, and I moan;
      I meditate, and my spirit faints. [Selah]
      4 Thou dost hold my eyelids from closing;
      I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
      5 I consider the days of old,
      I remember the years long ago.
      6 I commune with my heart in the night;
      I meditate and search my spirit:
      7 “Will the Lord spurn for ever,
      and never again be favorable?
      8 Has his steadfast love for ever ceased?
      Are his promises at an end for all time?
      9 Has God forgotten to be gracious?
      Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” [Selah]
      10 And I say, “It is my grief
      that the right hand of the Most High has changed.”
      11 I will call to mind the deeds of the LORD;
      yea, I will remember thy wonders of old.
      12 I will meditate on all thy work,
      and muse on thy mighty deeds.
      13 Thy way, O God, is holy.
      What god is great like our God?
      14 Thou art the God who workest wonders,
      who hast manifested thy might among the peoples.
      15 Thou didst with thy arm redeem thy people,
      the sons of Jacob and Joseph. [Selah]
      16 When the waters saw thee, O God,
      when the waters saw thee, they were afraid,
      yea, the deep trembled.
      17 The clouds poured out water;
      the skies gave forth thunder;
      thy arrows flashed on every side.
      18 The crash of thy thunder was in the whirlwind;
      thy lightnings lighted up the world;
      the earth trembled and shook.
      19 Thy way was through the sea,
      thy path through the great waters;
      yet thy footprints were unseen.
      20 Thou didst lead thy people like a flock
      by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
 
FIRST READING
Proverbs 30:1–9
1 The words of Agur son of Jakeh of Massa.
      The man says to Ithi-el,
      to Ithi-el and Ucal:
      2 Surely I am too stupid to be a man.
      I have not the understanding of a man.
      3 I have not learned wisdom,
      nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.
      4 Who has ascended to heaven and come down?
      Who has gathered the wind in his fists?
      Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment?
      Who has established all the ends of the earth?
      What is his name, and what is his son’s name?
      Surely you know!
      5 Every word of God proves true;
      he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
      6 Do not add to his words,
      lest he rebuke you, and you be found a liar.
      7 Two things I ask of thee;
      deny them not to me before I die:
      8 Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
      give me neither poverty nor riches;
      feed me with the food that is needful for me,
      9 lest I be full, and deny thee,
      and say, “Who is the LORD?”
      or lest I be poor, and steal,
      and profane the name of my God.
 
SECOND READING
Matthew 4:1–11
1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written,
      ‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
      but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written,
      ‘He will give his angels charge of you,’ and
      ‘On their hands they will bear you up,
      lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them; 9 and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Begone, Satan! for it is written,
      ‘You shall worship the Lord your God
      and him only shall you serve.’”
11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to him.
 
 
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 | LENT
THURSDAY BEFORE THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT
YEAR B
             Psalm       Psalm 22:23–31
             First Reading       Genesis 15:1–6, 12–18
             Second Reading       Romans 3:21–31

Index of Readings

PSALM
Psalm 22:23–31
      23 You who fear the LORD, praise him!
      all you sons of Jacob, glorify him,
      and stand in awe of him, all you sons of Israel!
      24 For he has not despised or abhorred
      the affliction of the afflicted;
      and he has not hid his face from him,
      but has heard, when he cried to him.
      25 From thee comes my praise in the great congregation;
      my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
      26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;
      those who seek him shall praise the LORD!
      May your hearts live for ever!
      27 All the ends of the earth shall remember
      and turn to the LORD;
      and all the families of the nations
      shall worship before him.
      28 For dominion belongs to the LORD,
      and he rules over the nations.
      29 Yea, to him shall all the proud of the earth bow down;
      before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
      and he who cannot keep himself alive.
      30 Posterity shall serve him;
      men shall tell of the Lord to the coming generation,
      31 and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
      that he has wrought it.
 
FIRST READING
Genesis 15:1–6, 12–18
1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2 But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “Behold, thou hast given me no offspring; and a slave born in my house will be my heir.” 4 And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; your own son shall be your heir.” 5 And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” 6 And he believed the LORD; and he reckoned it to him as righteousness.
12 As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram; and lo, a dread and great darkness fell upon him. 13 Then the LORD said to Abram, “Know of a surety that your descendants will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs, and will be slaves there, and they will be oppressed for four hundred years; 14 but I will bring judgment on the nation which they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions. 15 As for yourself, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. 16 And they shall come back here in the fourth generation; for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”
17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. 18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates,
 
SECOND READING
Romans 3:21–31
21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from law, although the law and the prophets bear witness to it, 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction; 23 since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 they are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as an expiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins; 26 it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies him who has faith in Jesus.
27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On the principle of works? No, but on the principle of faith. 28 For we hold that a man is justified by faith apart from works of law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since God is one; and he will justify the circumcised on the ground of their faith and the uncircumcised through their faith. 31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
 
 
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 | LENT
FRIDAY BEFORE THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT
YEAR B
             Psalm       Psalm 22:23–31
             First Reading       Genesis 16:1–6
             Second Reading       Romans 4:1–12

Index of Readings

PSALM
Psalm 22:23–31
      23 You who fear the LORD, praise him!
      all you sons of Jacob, glorify him,
      and stand in awe of him, all you sons of Israel!
      24 For he has not despised or abhorred
      the affliction of the afflicted;
      and he has not hid his face from him,
      but has heard, when he cried to him.
      25 From thee comes my praise in the great congregation;
      my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
      26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;
      those who seek him shall praise the LORD!
      May your hearts live for ever!
      27 All the ends of the earth shall remember
      and turn to the LORD;
      and all the families of the nations
      shall worship before him.
      28 For dominion belongs to the LORD,
      and he rules over the nations.
      29 Yea, to him shall all the proud of the earth bow down;
      before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
      and he who cannot keep himself alive.
      30 Posterity shall serve him;
      men shall tell of the Lord to the coming generation,
      31 and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
      that he has wrought it.
 
FIRST READING
Genesis 16:1–6
1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, bore him no children. She had an Egyptian maid whose name was Hagar; 2 and Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the LORD has prevented me from bearing children; go in to my maid; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. 3 So, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her maid, and gave her to Abram her husband as a wife. 4 And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress. 5 And Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my maid to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the LORD judge between you and me!” 6 But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your maid is in your power; do to her as you please.” Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her.
 
SECOND READING
Romans 4:1–12
1 What then shall we say about Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to one who works, his wages are not reckoned as a gift but as his due. 5 And to one who does not work but trusts him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness. 6 So also David pronounces a blessing upon the man to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works:
      7 “Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered;
      8 blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not reckon his sin.”
9 Is this blessing pronounced only upon the circumcised, or also upon the uncircumcised? We say that faith was reckoned to Abraham as righteousness. 10 How then was it reckoned to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. 11 He received circumcision as a sign or seal of the righteousness which he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised and who thus have righteousness reckoned to them, 12 and likewise the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but also follow the example of the faith which our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.
 
 
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2018 | LENT
SATURDAY BEFORE THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT
YEAR B
             Psalm       Psalm 22:23–31
             First Reading       Genesis 16:7–15
             Second Reading       Mark 8:27–30

Index of Readings

PSALM
Psalm 22:23–31
      23 You who fear the LORD, praise him!
      all you sons of Jacob, glorify him,
      and stand in awe of him, all you sons of Israel!
      24 For he has not despised or abhorred
      the affliction of the afflicted;
      and he has not hid his face from him,
      but has heard, when he cried to him.
      25 From thee comes my praise in the great congregation;
      my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
      26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;
      those who seek him shall praise the LORD!
      May your hearts live for ever!
      27 All the ends of the earth shall remember
      and turn to the LORD;
      and all the families of the nations
      shall worship before him.
      28 For dominion belongs to the LORD,
      and he rules over the nations.
      29 Yea, to him shall all the proud of the earth bow down;
      before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
      and he who cannot keep himself alive.
      30 Posterity shall serve him;
      men shall tell of the Lord to the coming generation,
      31 and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
      that he has wrought it.
 
FIRST READING
Genesis 16:7–15
7 The angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. 8 And he said, “Hagar, maid of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai.” 9 The angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit to her.” 10 The angel of the LORD also said to her, “I will so greatly multiply your descendants that they cannot be numbered for multitude.” 11 And the angel of the LORD said to her, “Behold, you are with child, and shall bear a son; you shall call his name Ishmael; because the LORD has given heed to your affliction. 12 He shall be a wild ass of a man, his hand against every man and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.” 13 So she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “Thou art a God of seeing”; for she said, “Have I really seen God and remained alive after seeing him?” 14 Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; it lies between Kadesh and Bered.
15 And Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael.
 
SECOND READING
Mark 8:27–30
27 And Jesus went on with his disciples, to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that I am?” 28 And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others one of the prophets.” 29 And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” 30 And he charged them to tell no one about him.
 
 
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2018 | LENT
SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT
YEAR B
             Old Testament       Genesis 17:1–7, 15–16
             Psalm       Psalm 22:23–31
             New Testament       Romans 4:13–25
             Gospel       Mark 8:31–38 or Mark 9:2–9

Index of Readings

OLD TESTAMENT
Genesis 17:1–7, 15–16
1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. 2 And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” 3 Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, 4 “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. 5 No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. 6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come forth from you. 7 And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you.
15 And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16 I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her; I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”
 
PSALM
Psalm 22:23–31
      23 You who fear the LORD, praise him!
      all you sons of Jacob, glorify him,
      and stand in awe of him, all you sons of Israel!
      24 For he has not despised or abhorred
      the affliction of the afflicted;
      and he has not hid his face from him,
      but has heard, when he cried to him.
      25 From thee comes my praise in the great congregation;
      my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
      26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;
      those who seek him shall praise the LORD!
      May your hearts live for ever!
      27 All the ends of the earth shall remember
      and turn to the LORD;
      and all the families of the nations
      shall worship before him.
      28 For dominion belongs to the LORD,
      and he rules over the nations.
      29 Yea, to him shall all the proud of the earth bow down;
      before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
      and he who cannot keep himself alive.
      30 Posterity shall serve him;
      men shall tell of the Lord to the coming generation,
      31 and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
      that he has wrought it.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Romans 4:13–25
13 The promise to Abraham and his descendants, that they should inherit the world, did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.
16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants—not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, for he is the father of us all, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations; as he had been told, “So shall your descendants be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20 No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was “reckoned to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words, “it was reckoned to him,” were written not for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him that raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was put to death for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
 
GOSPEL
Option A
Mark 8:31–38
31 And he began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter, and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not on the side of God, but of men.”
34 And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? 37 For what can a man give in return for his life? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
 
OR
Option B
Mark 9:2–9
2 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves; and he was transfigured before them, 3 and his garments became glistening, intensely white, as no fuller on earth could bleach them. 4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses; and they were talking to Jesus. 5 And Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is well that we are here; let us make three booths, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 6 For he did not know what to say, for they were exceedingly afraid. 7 And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” 8 And suddenly looking around they no longer saw any one with them but Jesus only.
9 And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of man should have risen from the dead.
 
 
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2018 | LENT
MONDAY AFTER THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT
YEAR B
             Psalm       Psalm 105:1–11, 37–45
             First Reading       Genesis 21:1–7
             Second Reading       Hebrews 1:8–12

Index of Readings

PSALM
Psalm 105:1–11, 37–45
1 O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name,
      make known his deeds among the peoples!
      2 Sing to him, sing praises to him,
      tell of all his wonderful works!
      3 Glory in his holy name;
      let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
      4 Seek the LORD and his strength,
      seek his presence continually!
      5 Remember the wonderful works that he has done,
      his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,
      6 O offspring of Abraham his servant,
      sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
      7 He is the LORD our God;
      his judgments are in all the earth.
      8 He is mindful of his covenant for ever,
      of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
      9 the covenant which he made with Abraham,
      his sworn promise to Isaac,
      10 which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,
      to Israel as an everlasting covenant,
      11 saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
      as your portion for an inheritance.”
      37 Then he led forth Israel with silver and gold,
      and there was none among his tribes who stumbled.
      38 Egypt was glad when they departed,
      for dread of them had fallen upon it.
      39 He spread a cloud for a covering,
      and fire to give light by night.
      40 They asked, and he brought quails,
      and gave them bread from heaven in abundance.
      41 He opened the rock, and water gushed forth;
      it flowed through the desert like a river.
      42 For he remembered his holy promise,
      and Abraham his servant.
      43 So he led forth his people with joy,
      his chosen ones with singing.
      44 And he gave them the lands of the nations;
      and they took possession of the fruit of the peoples’ toil,
      45 to the end that they should keep his statutes,
      and observe his laws.
      Praise the LORD!
 
FIRST READING
Genesis 21:1–7
1 The LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had promised. 2 And Sarah conceived, and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him. 3 Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac. 4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. 5 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. 6 And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; every one who hears will laugh over me.” 7 And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would suckle children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”
 
SECOND READING
Hebrews 1:8–12
8 But of the Son he says,
      “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever,
      the righteous scepter is the scepter of thy kingdom.
      9 Thou hast loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
      therefore God, thy God, has anointed thee
      with the oil of gladness beyond thy comrades.”
10 And,
      “Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning,
      and the heavens are the work of thy hands;
      11 they will perish, but thou remainest;
      they will all grow old like a garment,
      12 like a mantle thou wilt roll them up,
      and they will be changed.
      But thou art the same,
      and thy years will never end.”
 
 
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2018 | LENT
TUESDAY AFTER THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT
YEAR B
             Psalm       Psalm 105:1–11, 37–45
             First Reading       Genesis 22:1–19
             Second Reading       Hebrews 11:1–3, 13–19

Index of Readings

PSALM
Psalm 105:1–11, 37–45
1 O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name,
      make known his deeds among the peoples!
      2 Sing to him, sing praises to him,
      tell of all his wonderful works!
      3 Glory in his holy name;
      let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
      4 Seek the LORD and his strength,
      seek his presence continually!
      5 Remember the wonderful works that he has done,
      his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,
      6 O offspring of Abraham his servant,
      sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
      7 He is the LORD our God;
      his judgments are in all the earth.
      8 He is mindful of his covenant for ever,
      of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
      9 the covenant which he made with Abraham,
      his sworn promise to Isaac,
      10 which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,
      to Israel as an everlasting covenant,
      11 saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
      as your portion for an inheritance.”
      37 Then he led forth Israel with silver and gold,
      and there was none among his tribes who stumbled.
      38 Egypt was glad when they departed,
      for dread of them had fallen upon it.
      39 He spread a cloud for a covering,
      and fire to give light by night.
      40 They asked, and he brought quails,
      and gave them bread from heaven in abundance.
      41 He opened the rock, and water gushed forth;
      it flowed through the desert like a river.
      42 For he remembered his holy promise,
      and Abraham his servant.
      43 So he led forth his people with joy,
      his chosen ones with singing.
      44 And he gave them the lands of the nations;
      and they took possession of the fruit of the peoples’ toil,
      45 to the end that they should keep his statutes,
      and observe his laws.
      Praise the LORD!
 
FIRST READING
Genesis 22:1–19
1 After these things God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering upon one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” 3 So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; and he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place afar off. 5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the ass; I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.” 6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. 7 And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here am I, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood; but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8 Abraham said, “God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.
9 When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. 10 Then Abraham put forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” 12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called the name of that place The LORD will provide; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”
15 And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven, 16 and said, “By myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will indeed bless you, and I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore. And your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies, 18 and by your descendants shall all the nations of the earth bless themselves, because you have obeyed my voice.” 19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beer-sheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beer-sheba.
 
SECOND READING
Hebrews 11:1–3, 13–19
1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the men of old received divine approval. 3 By faith we understand that the world was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was made out of things which do not appear.
13 These all died in faith, not having received what was promised, but having seen it and greeted it from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only son, 18 of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your descendants be named.” 19 He considered that God was able to raise men even from the dead; hence, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.
 
 
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2018 | LENT
WEDNESDAY AFTER THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT
YEAR B
             Psalm       Psalm 105:1–11, 37–45
             First Reading       Jeremiah 30:12–22
             Second Reading       John 12:36–43

Index of Readings

PSALM
Psalm 105:1–11, 37–45
1 O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name,
      make known his deeds among the peoples!
      2 Sing to him, sing praises to him,
      tell of all his wonderful works!
      3 Glory in his holy name;
      let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
      4 Seek the LORD and his strength,
      seek his presence continually!
      5 Remember the wonderful works that he has done,
      his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,
      6 O offspring of Abraham his servant,
      sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
      7 He is the LORD our God;
      his judgments are in all the earth.
      8 He is mindful of his covenant for ever,
      of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
      9 the covenant which he made with Abraham,
      his sworn promise to Isaac,
      10 which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,
      to Israel as an everlasting covenant,
      11 saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
      as your portion for an inheritance.”
      37 Then he led forth Israel with silver and gold,
      and there was none among his tribes who stumbled.
      38 Egypt was glad when they departed,
      for dread of them had fallen upon it.
      39 He spread a cloud for a covering,
      and fire to give light by night.
      40 They asked, and he brought quails,
      and gave them bread from heaven in abundance.
      41 He opened the rock, and water gushed forth;
      it flowed through the desert like a river.
      42 For he remembered his holy promise,
      and Abraham his servant.
      43 So he led forth his people with joy,
      his chosen ones with singing.
      44 And he gave them the lands of the nations;
      and they took possession of the fruit of the peoples’ toil,
      45 to the end that they should keep his statutes,
      and observe his laws.
      Praise the LORD!
 
FIRST READING
Jeremiah 30:12–22
      12 “For thus says the LORD:
      Your hurt is incurable,
      and your wound is grievous.
      13 There is none to uphold your cause,
      no medicine for your wound,
      no healing for you.
      14 All your lovers have forgotten you;
      they care nothing for you;
      for I have dealt you the blow of an enemy,
      the punishment of a merciless foe,
      because your guilt is great,
      because your sins are flagrant.
      15 Why do you cry out over your hurt?
      Your pain is incurable.
      Because your guilt is great,
      because your sins are flagrant,
      I have done these things to you.
      16 Therefore all who devour you shall be devoured,
      and all your foes, every one of them, shall go into captivity;
      those who despoil you shall become a spoil,
      and all who prey on you I will make a prey.
      17 For I will restore health to you,
      and your wounds I will heal, says the LORD,
      because they have called you an outcast:
      ‘It is Zion, for whom no one cares!’
      18 “Thus says the LORD:
      Behold, I will restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob,
      and have compassion on his dwellings;
      the city shall be rebuilt upon its mound,
      and the palace shall stand where it used to be.
      19 Out of them shall come songs of thanksgiving,
      and the voices of those who make merry.
      I will multiply them, and they shall not be few;
      I will make them honored, and they shall not be small.
      20 Their children shall be as they were of old,
      and their congregation shall be established before me;
      and I will punish all who oppress them.
      21 Their prince shall be one of themselves,
      their ruler shall come forth from their midst;
      I will make him draw near, and he shall approach me,
      for who would dare of himself to approach me?
                  says the LORD.
      22 And you shall be my people,
      and I will be your God.”
 
SECOND READING
John 12:36–43
36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”
When Jesus had said this, he departed and hid himself from them. 37 Though he had done so many signs before them, yet they did not believe in him; 38 it was that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
      “Lord, who has believed our report,
      and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
39 Therefore they could not believe. For Isaiah again said,
      40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart,
      lest they should see with their eyes and perceive with their heart,
      and turn for me to heal them.”
41 Isaiah said this because he saw his glory and spoke of him. 42 Nevertheless many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: 43 for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
 

THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018 | LENT
THURSDAY BEFORE THE THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT
YEAR B
             Psalm       Psalm 19
             First Reading       Exodus 19:1–9a
             Second Reading       1 Peter 2:4–10

Index of Readings

PSALM
Psalm 19
PSALM 19
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

      1 The heavens are telling the glory of God;
      and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
      2 Day to day pours forth speech,
      and night to night declares knowledge.
      3 There is no speech, nor are there words;
      their voice is not heard;
      4 yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
      and their words to the end of the world.
      In them he has set a tent for the sun,
      5 which comes forth like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
      and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
      6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
      and its circuit to the end of them;
      and there is nothing hid from its heat.
      7 The law of the LORD is perfect,
      reviving the soul;
      the testimony of the LORD is sure,
      making wise the simple;
      8 the precepts of the LORD are right,
      rejoicing the heart;
      the commandment of the LORD is pure,
      enlightening the eyes;
      9 the fear of the LORD is clean,
      enduring for ever;
      the ordinances of the LORD are true,
      and righteous altogether.
      10 More to be desired are they than gold,
      even much fine gold;

Consultation on Common Texts. (2011). Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife.