10 Feb 2018
All Faithful Departed Sunday
1st. Reading: Acts 20: 7-16
7 Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.
8 There were many lamps in the upper room where they were gathered together.
9 And in a window sat a certain young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep. He was overcome by sleep; and as Paul continued speaking, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead.
10 But Paul went down, fell on him, and embracing him said, “Do not trouble yourselves, for his life is in him.”
11 Now when he had come up, had broken bread and eaten, and talked a long while, even till daybreak, he departed.
12 And they brought the young man in alive, and they were not a little comforted.
13 Then we went ahead to the ship and sailed to Assos, there intending to take Paul on board; for so he had given orders, intending himself to go on foot.
14 And when he met us at Assos, we took him on board and came to Mitylene.
15We sailed from there, and the next day came opposite Chios. The following day we arrived at Samos and stayed at Trogyllium. The next day we came to Miletus.
16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he would not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hurrying to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the Day of Pentecost.
2nd.Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18
13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
18Therefore comfort one another with these words.
Gospel: Luke 12 :32-48
32 Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
33 Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys.
34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
35 “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning;
36 and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately.
37 Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.
38 And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
40 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
41 Then Peter said to Him, “Lord, do You speak this parable only to us, or to all people?”
42 And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?
43 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.
44 Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has.
45 But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk,
46the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
47 And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
48 But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
أحد الموتى المؤمنين
القرائة الأولى: أعمال ٢٠ : ٧ – ١٦
7 وفي أول الأسبوع إذ كان التلاميذ مجتمعين ليكسروا خبزا، خاطبهم بولس وهو مزمع أن يمضي في الغد، وأطال الكلام إلى نصف الليل
8 وكانت مصابيح كثيرة في العلية التي كانوا مجتمعين فيها
9 وكان شاب اسمه أفتيخوس جالسا في الطاقة متثقلا بنوم عميق. وإذ كان بولس يخاطب خطابا طويلا، غلب عليه النوم فسقط من الطبقة الثالثة إلى أسفل، وحمل ميتا
10 فنزل بولس ووقع عليه واعتنقه قائلا: لا تضطربوا لأن نفسه فيه
11 ثم صعد وكسر خبزا وأكل وتكلم كثيرا إلى الفجر. وهكذا خرج
12 وأتوا بالفتى حيا، وتعزوا تعزية ليست بقليلة
13 وأما نحن فسبقنا إلى السفينة وأقلعنا إلى أسوس، مزمعين أن نأخذ بولس من هناك، لأنه كان قد رتب هكذا مزمعا أن يمشي
14 فلما وافانا إلى أسوس أخذناه وأتينا إلى ميتيليني
15 ثم سافرنا من هناك في البحر وأقبلنا في الغد إلى مقابل خيوس. وفي اليوم الآخر وصلنا إلى ساموس، وأقمنا في تروجيليون، ثم في اليوم التالي جئنا إلى ميليتس
16 لأن بولس عزم أن يتجاوز أفسس في البحر لئلا يعرض له أن يصرف وقتا في أسيا، لأنه كان يسرع حتى إذا أمكنه يكون في أورشليم في يوم الخمسين
القرائة الثانية : 1 تسالونيكي ٤: ١٣ – ١٨
13 ثم لا أريد أن تجهلوا أيها الإخوة من جهة الراقدين، لكي لا تحزنوا كالباقين الذين لا رجاء لهم
14 لأنه إن كنا نؤمن أن يسوع مات وقام، فكذلك الراقدون بيسوع، سيحضرهم الله أيضا معه
15 فإننا نقول لكم هذا بكلمة الرب: إننا نحن الأحياء الباقين إلى مجيء الرب، لا نسبق الراقدين
16 لأن الرب نفسه بهتاف ، بصوت رئيس ملائكة وبوق الله، سوف ينزل من السماء والأموات في المسيح سيقومون أولا
17 ثم نحن الأحياء الباقين سنخطف جميعا معهم في السحب لملاقاة الرب في الهواء، وهكذا نكون كل حين مع الرب
18 لذلك عزوا بعضكم بعضا بهذا الكلام
إنجيل لوقا ١٢ : ٣٢ – ٤٨
32 لا تخف، أيها القطيع الصغير، لأن أباكم قد سر أن يعطيكم الملكوت
33 بيعوا ما لكم وأعطوا صدقة. اعملوا لكم أكياسا لا تفنى وكنزا لا ينفد في السماوات، حيث لا يقرب سارق ولا يبلي سوس
34 لأنه حيث يكون كنزكم هناك يكون قلبكم أيضا
35 لتكن أحقاؤكم ممنطقة وسرجكم موقدة
36 وأنتم مثل أناس ينتظرون سيدهم متى يرجع من العرس، حتى إذا جاء وقرع يفتحون له للوقت
37 طوبى لأولئك العبيد الذين إذا جاء سيدهم يجدهم ساهرين. الحق أقول لكم: إنه يتمنطق ويتكئهم ويتقدم ويخدمهم
38 وإن أتى في الهزيع الثاني أو أتى في الهزيع الثالث ووجدهم هكذا، فطوبى لأولئك العبيد
39 وإنما اعلموا هذا: أنه لو عرف رب البيت في أية ساعة يأتي السارق لسهر، ولم يدع بيته ينقب
40 فكونوا أنتم إذا مستعدين، لأنه في ساعة لا تظنون يأتي ابن الإنسان
41 فقال له بطرس: يا رب، ألنا تقول هذا المثل أم للجميع أيضا
42 فقال الرب: فمن هو الوكيل الأمين الحكيم الذي يقيمه سيده على خدمه ليعطيهم العلوفة في حينها
43 طوبى لذلك العبد الذي إذا جاء سيده يجده يفعل هكذا
44 بالحق أقول لكم: إنه يقيمه على جميع أمواله
45 ولكن إن قال ذلك العبد في قلبه: سيدي يبطئ قدومه، فيبتدئ يضرب الغلمان والجواري، ويأكل ويشرب ويسكر
46 يأتي سيد ذلك العبد في يوم لا ينتظره وفي ساعة لا يعرفها، فيقطعه ويجعل نصيبه مع الخائنين
47 وأما ذلك العبد الذي يعلم إرادة سيده ولا يستعد ولا يفعل بحسب إرادته، فيضرب كثيرا
48 ولكن الذي لا يعلم، ويفعل ما يستحق ضربات، يضرب قليلا. فكل من أعطي كثيرا يطلب منه كثير، ومن يودعونه كثيرا يطالبونه بأكثر
03 Feb 2018
Presentation of Our Lord Jesus in the Temple
1st. Reading: Acts 18: 1- 11
1 After these things Paul departed from Athens and went to Corinth.
2 And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to them.
3 So, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and worked; for by occupation they were tentmakers.
4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks.
5 When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ.
6 But when they opposed him and blasphemed, he shook his garments and said to them, “Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”
7 And he departed from there and entered the house of a certain man named Justus, one who worshiped God, whose house was next door to the synagogue.
8 Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized.
9 Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent;
10 for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.”
11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
2nd. Reading: 2 Timothy 2: 15-26
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
16But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.
17 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort,
18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some.
19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.
21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.
24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient,
25in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth,
26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
Gospel: Luke 2: 22-40
22 Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord
23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”),
24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”
25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
27 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law,
28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:
29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word;
30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation
31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”
33 And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him.
34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against
35 (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
36 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity;
37 and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
38 And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
39 So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth.
40 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.