21 Jan 2017
Third Sunday after Epiphany
1st. Reading: 1 Peter 2: 1-10
1 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking,
2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,
3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious,
5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”
7Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,”
8 and “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
2nd.Reading: 2 Corinthians 4: 1-6
1 Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart.
2 But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,
4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.
6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Gospel: John 3 :1-12
1 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
2This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
6That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?”
10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?
11 Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness.
12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
الأحد ألثالث بعد الدنح
القرائة الأولى: 1 بطرس 2: 1-10
1 فاطرحوا كل خبث وكل مكر والرياء والحسد وكل مذمة
2 وكأطفال مولودين الآن، اشتهوا اللبن العقلي العديم الغش لكي تنموا به
3 إن كنتم قد ذقتم أن الرب صالح. الحجر الحي والشعب المختار
4 الذي إذ تأتون إليه ، حجرا حيا مرفوضا من الناس، ولكن مختار من الله كريم
5 كونوا أنتم أيضا مبنيين – كحجارة حية – بيتا روحيا، كهنوتا مقدسا، لتقديم ذبائح روحية مقبولة عند الله بيسوع المسيح
6 لذلك يتضمن أيضا في الكتاب: هنذا أضع في صهيون حجر زاوية مختارا كريما، والذي يؤمن به لن يخزى
7 فلكم أنتم الذين تؤمنون الكرامة، وأما للذين لا يطيعون: فالحجر الذي رفضه البناؤون، هو قد صار رأس الزاوية
8 وحجر صدمة وصخرة عثرة. الذين يعثرون غير طائعين للكلمة، الأمر الذي جعلوا له
9 وأما أنتم فجنس مختار، وكهنوت ملوكي، أمة مقدسة، شعب اقتناء، لكي تخبروا بفضائل الذي دعاكم من الظلمة إلى نوره العجيب
10 الذين قبلا لم تكونوا شعبا، وأما الآن فأنتم شعب الله. الذين كنتم غير مرحومين ، وأما الآن فمرحومون
القرائة الثانية : 2 كورنثوس 4 : 1 – 6
1 من أجل ذلك، إذ لنا هذه الخدمة – كما رحمنا – لا نفشل