The Collect and Bible Lessons for Epiphany Last- B, 2/14/2021


Prayer to collect our thoughts on today's theme: O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


1st Kings 19: 9 – 18- “The Lord Appears to Elijah”

Reader: 8-9 “At last, Elijah reached Mount Sinai, the mountain of God, and he spent the night there in a cave. While Elijah was on Mount Sinai, the LORD asked, “Elijah, why are you here?” 10 He answered,

Congregation: ‘LORD God All-Powerful, I've always done my best to obey you. But your people have broken their solemn promise to you. They have torn down your altars and killed all your prophets, except me. And now they are even trying to kill me!’

Reader: 11 ‘Go out and stand on the mountain,’ the LORD replied. ‘I want you to see me when I pass by.’ All at once, a strong wind shook the mountain and shattered the rocks. But the LORD was not in the wind. Next, there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12-13 Then there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. Finally, there was a gentle breeze, and when Elijah heard it, he covered his face with his coat. He went out and stood at the entrance to the cave. The LORD asked, ‘Elijah, why are you here?’ 14 Elijah answered,

Congregation: ‘LORD God All-Powerful, I've always done my best to obey you. But your people have broken their solemn promise to you. They have torn down your altars and killed all your prophets, except me. And now they are even trying to kill me!’

Reader: 15 The LORD said: ‘Elijah, you can go back to the desert near Damascus. And when you get there, appoint Hazael to be king of Syria. 16 Then appoint Jehu son of Nimshi to be king of Israel, and Elisha son of Shaphat to take your place as my prophet. 17 Hazael will start killing the people who worship Baal. Jehu will kill those who escape from Hazael, and Elisha will kill those who escape from Jehu. 18 But seven thousand Israelites have refused to worship Baal, and they will live.’”


Psalm 23 – “The Good Shepherd” (KJV)

(We are using the 23rd Psalm- KJV until the COVID- 19 crisis is over.)

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. A-men.


2nd Peter 1: 16-19 – “The Message about the Glory of Christ”

Peter wrote, 16 “When we told you about the power and the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, we were not telling clever stories that someone had made up. But with our own eyes we saw his true greatness. 17 God, our great and wonderful Father, truly honored him by saying, ‘This is my own dear Son, and I am pleased with him.’ 18 We were there with Jesus on the holy mountain and heard this voice speak from heaven. 19 All of this makes us even more certain that what the prophets said is true. So you should pay close attention to their message, as you would to a lamp shining in some dark place. You must keep on paying attention until daylight comes and the morning star rises in your hearts.”


Mark 9: 2-9 – “The True Glory of Jesus”

Deacon: 2 “Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him. They went up on a high mountain, where they could be alone. There in front of the disciples, Jesus was completely changed. 3 And his clothes became much whiter than any bleach on earth could make them. 4 Then Moses and Elijah were there talking with Jesus. 5 Peter said to Jesus,

Congregation: ‘Teacher, it is good for us to be here! Let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’

Deacon: 6 But Peter and the others were terribly frightened, and he did not know what he was talking about. 7 The shadow of a cloud passed over and covered them. From the cloud a voice said,

Congregation: ‘This is my Son, and I love him. Listen to what he says!’

Deacon: 8 At once the disciples looked around, but they saw only Jesus. 9 As Jesus and his disciples were coming down the mountain, he told them not to say a word about what they had seen, until the Son of Man had been raised from death.”


Next Week’s Lessons- Ash Wednesday

Isaiah 58:1-12 – “True Religion”

Psalm 103: 8-14 – “The Lord’s Wonderful Love”

2nd Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 – “Bringing People to God”

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 – “Giving,” “Prayer,” “Worshiping God by Going without Eating,” and “Treasures in Heaven”

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