The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
Sunday, February 19, 2023
O God of the covenant, the cloud of your splendor and the fire of your love revealed your Son on the mountain heights. Transform our lives in his image, write your law of love on our hearts, and make us prophets of your glory, that we may lead others into your presence. Amen.
The Old Testament Lesson:
Exodus 24:12-18 KJV
12 And the Lord said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.
13 And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God.
14 And he said unto the elders, Tarry ye here for us, until we come again unto you: and, behold, Aaron and Hur are with you: if any man have any matters to do, let him come unto them.
15 And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud covered the mount.
16 And the glory of the Lord abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud.
17 And the sight of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.
18 And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.
Psalm 2 KJV
Quare fremuerunt gentes?
Why do the heathen rage,*
and the people imagine a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together,*
against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder,*
and cast away their cords from us.
4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh:*
the Lord shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath,*
and vex them in his sore displeasure.
6 Yet have I set my king*
upon my holy hill of Zion.
7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me,*
Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance,*
and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron;*
thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings:*
be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,*
and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way,*
when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
Psalm 99 KJV
The Lord reigneth; let the people tremble:*
he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.
2 The Lord is great in Zion;*
and he is high above all the people.
3 Let them praise thy great and terrible name;*
for it is holy.
4 The king’s strength also loveth judgment;*
thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.
5 Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool;*
for he is holy.
6 Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name;*
they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.
7 He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar:*
they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them.
8 Thou answeredst them, O Lord our God:*
thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions.
9 Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy hill;*
for the Lord our God is holy.
2 Peter 1:16-21 KJV
16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Matthew 17:1-9 KJV
And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.
7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.
8 And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.
9 And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.