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SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2013 | EPIPHANY SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY YEAR C Psalm Psalm 96 or Psalm 96:1–10 First Reading Isaiah 62:1–5 Second Reading 1 Corinthians 12:1–11 Gospel John 2:1–11 The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010).

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2013 | EPIPHANY
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
YEAR C

             Psalm       Psalm 96 or Psalm 96:1–10
             First Reading       Isaiah 62:1–5
             Second Reading       1 Corinthians 12:1–11
             Gospel       John 2:1–11


SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2013 | EPIPHANY
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
YEAR C

 Psalm   Psalm 96 or Psalm 96:1–10
             First Reading       Isaiah 62:1–5
             Second Reading       1 Corinthians 12:1–11
 Gospel John 2:1–11


The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010). (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010).

Lutheran Service Book Historic (One Year) Lectionary

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2013 | EPIPHANY
THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD

     Old Testament Exodus 34:29–35 or Exodus 3:1–14
PsalmPsalm 2
Epistle   2 Peter 1:16–21
Gospel Matthew 17:1–9


Lutheran Service Book Historic (One Year) Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2012–2013, ed.

January 20
Lesson 8
KNOWING JESUS CHRIST

DEVOTIONAL READING: Matthew 13:44–46
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Philippians 3:1–11


KEY VERSE
"What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ."Philippians 3:7


The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2012–2013, ed. Ronald L. Nickelson and Jonathan Underwood (Cincinnati, OH: Standard, 2012). 177.



The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2012–2013, ed. Ronald L. Nickelson and Jonathan Underwood (Cincinnati, OH: Standard, 2012). 177.

Christian Worship One Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2013 | EPIPHANY
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

 Old Testament Isaiah 61:1–3
PsalmPsalm 84
 New TestamentRomans 12:1–5
Gospel Luke 2:41–52


Christian Worship One Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

Twelve Months of Sundays: Reflections on Bible Readings, Year B

The Second Sunday of Epiphany


1 Samuel 3:1–10 [11–20]
Revelation 5:1–10
John 1:43–51


The [Word] of the Lord was rare in Eli’s day. The scroll remained sealed until the Lamb appeared. Nathanael sat under his fig tree, unknown, undisturbed. Not because God couldn't speak or didn’t care, but because his foolishness is wiser, as always, than human wisdom. A voice in the night at Shiloh. A man from Nazareth, the town from which no good comes. A Lamb that had been slain. The strange stamp of authenticity.
Eli, old, blind and no longer in control, still recognizes the source and the method, even though the new word brings judgement on his family. ‘It is YHWH; let him do what seems good to him.’ The previous chapter chronicles the disobedience of his sons, the growth of Samuel, and the earlier warnings. Now the scene is set for the new thing Israel’s God will do, and it will begin with the [Word], initially misunderstood but finally unmistakable: a gentle repeated call, demanding that Samuel

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2013 | EPIPHANY
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
YEAR C

 Old Testament   Isaiah 62:1–5
 Psalm Psalm 36:5–10 (UMH 771)
 New Testament 1 Corinthians 12:1–11
     Gospel John 2:1–11


Vanderbilt Divinity Library, United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

Lutheran Service Book Historic (One Year) Lectionary (

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2013 | EPIPHANY
THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD

Old TestamentExodus 34:29–35 or Exodus 3:1–14
Psalm Psalm 2
Epistle2 Peter 1:16–21
Gospel       Matthew 17:1–9


Lutheran Service Book Historic (One Year) Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).
Morning, January 20      

   “Abel was a keeper of sheep.” 
         — Genesis 4:2

As a shepherd Abel sanctified his work to the glory of God, and offered a sacrifice of blood upon his altar, and the Lord had respect unto Abel and his offering. This early type of our Lord is exceedingly clear and distinct. Like the first streak of light which tinges the east at sunrise, it does not reveal everything, but it clearly manifests the great fact that the sun is coming. As we see Abel, a shepherd and yet a priest, offering a sacrifice of sweet smell unto God, we discern our Lord, who brings before his Father a sacrifice to which Jehovah ever hath respect. Abel was hated by his brother—hated without a cause; and even so was the Saviour: the natural and carnal man hated the accepted man in whom the Spirit of grace was found,  and rested not until his blood had been shed. Abel fell, and sprinkled his altar and sacrifice with his own blood, and therein sets forth theLord Jesus slain by the enmity…

Look not on Vanity; Turn to the Lord

Evening, January 20

 “Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.” 
         — Psalm 119:37

There are divers kinds of vanity. The cap and bells of the fool, the mirth of the world, the dance, the lyre, and the cup of the dissolute, all these men know to be vanities; they wear upon their forefront their proper name and title. Far more treacherous are those equally vain things, the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches. A man may follow vanity as truly in the counting-house as in the [theater]  If he be spending his life in amassing wealth, he passes his days in a vain show. Unless we follow Christ, and make our God the great object of life, we only differ in appearance from the most frivolous.  It is clear that there is much need of the first prayer of our text. “Quicken thou me in thy way.” The Psalmist confesses that he is dull, heavy, lumpy, all but dead. Perhaps, dear reader, you feel the same. We are so sluggish that the best motives cann…

While You Are Waiting

January 20: While You Are Waiting
Matthew 24:29–25:13

Jesus’ instructions to His disciples about His return have inspired many to incorrectly predict His second coming. But if we read His parables, we find that they’re not so focused on the future. Jesus preparesHisdisciples forHis absence, and for the end times, because He wants them to be hopeful, expecting Hisreturn. He wants them to be ready and watchful. But He wants them to do all of these things by being fully engaged in the present, readying His kingdom.
Jesus’ parable of the Wise and Wicked Servants demonstrates this attitude. While the faithful and wise servant provides for the master’s household during his absence, the wicked servant uses the time flippantly: carousing and beating his fellow servants. When the master returns, the faithful servant is promoted for his service, and the wicked servant is punished. The parable presses the disciples to use their time wisely during Jesus’absence by doing the work they were called to …