Epistle Reading: 1 Timothy 3:1-13
This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of
a bishop, he desires a good work.
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife,
temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach;
not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but
gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous;
one who rules his own house well, having his children in
submission with all REVERENCE
(for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how
will he take care of the church of God?);
not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into
the same condemnation as the devil.
Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are
outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not
given to much wine, not greedy for money,
holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience.
But let these also first be proved; then let them serve as
deacons, being found blameless.
Likewise their wives must be reverent, not slanderers,
temperate, faithful in all things.
Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their
children and their own houses well.
For those who have served well as deacons obtain for
themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in
Gospel Reading: Luke 16:1-9
And He also said to His disciples: "There was a certain rich
man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man
was wasting his goods.
"So he called him and said to him, 'What is this I hear about
you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.'
"Then the steward said within himself, 'What shall I do? For
my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am
ashamed to beg.
'I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the
stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.'
"So he called every one of his master's debtors to him, and
said to the first, 'How much do you owe my master?'
"And he said, 'A hundred measures of oil.' So he said to him, '
Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.'
"Then he said to another, 'And how much do you owe?' So he
said, 'A hundred measures of wheat.' And he said to him, 'Take your bill,
and write eighty.'
"So the master commended the unjust steward because he had
dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their
generation than the sons of light.
"And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous
mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into everlasting