The Last Sunday in Epiphany

February 14, 2021

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O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant 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.


A reading from 1 Kings 19:9-18

9 There he came to a cave and lodged in it. And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 He said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” 11 And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. 13 And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 14 He said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” 15 And the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus. And when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael to be king over Syria. 16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint to be king over Israel, and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint to be prophet in your place. 17 And the one who escapes from the sword of Hazael shall Jehu put to death, and the one who escapes from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha put to death. 18 Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

Psalm 27

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? *

The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?

2 When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, *

they stumbled and fell.

3 Though a host were encamped against me, yet my heart would not be afraid, *

and though war rose up against me, yet would I put my trust in him.

4 One thing have I desired of the Lord; one thing I seek: *

that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,

5 To behold the fair beauty of the Lord, *

and to seek him in his temple.

6 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his tabernacle; *

indeed, in the secret place of his dwelling he shall hide me, and set me high upon a rock of stone.

7 And now he shall lift up my head *

above my enemies round about me.

8 Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation with great gladness; *

I will sing and speak praises unto the Lord.

9 Hearken to my voice, O Lord, when I cry unto you; *

have mercy upon me and hear me.

10 You speak to my heart and say, “Seek my face.” *

Your face, O Lord, will I seek.

11 O hide not your face from me, *

nor cast your servant away in displeasure.

12 You have been my helper; *

leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

13 When my father and my mother forsake me, *

the Lord takes me in.

14 Teach me your way, O Lord, *

and lead me in the right way, because of my enemies.

15 Deliver me not over to the will of my adversaries, *

for there are false witnesses who have risen up against me, and those who speak wrong.

16 I would utterly have fainted, *

had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

17 O wait for the Lord; be strong, and he shall comfort your heart. *

O put your trust in the Lord.

A reading from 2 Peter 1:13-21 ESV Bible

13 I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, 14 since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things. 16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” 18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

A reading from the Gospel of Mark 9:2-9 ESV Bible

2 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3 and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. 4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. 5 And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 6 For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7 And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” 8 And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only. 9 And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

THE SERMON The Rev. Chris Hill, Associate Rector