Isaiah 6:1-8
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the
hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six
wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two
they flew. And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”

The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled
with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live
among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar
with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has
touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Then I heard the
voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here
am I; send me!”
Psalm 29
1 Ascribe to the LORD, you gods, *
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his Name; *
worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
3 The voice of the LORD is upon the waters;
the God of glory thunders; *
the LORD is upon the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the LORD is a powerful voice; *
the voice of the LORD is a voice of splendor.
5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedar trees; *
the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, *
and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the LORD splits the flames of fire;
the voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; *
the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
8 The voice of the LORD makes the oak trees writhe *
and strips the forests bare.
9 And in the temple of the LORD *
all are crying, "Glory!"
10 The LORD sits enthroned above the flood; *
the LORD sits enthroned as King for evermore.
11 The LORD shall give strength to his people; *

the LORD shall give his people the blessing of peace.
Romans 8:12-17
So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh–
for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the
deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of
God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received
a spirit of adoption. When we cry, "Abba! Father!" it is that very Spirit bearing witness with
our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint
heirs with Christ– if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
John 3:1-17
There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night
and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no
one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him,
“Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”
Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a
second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you,
no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born
of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said
to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the
sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with
everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?”
Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these
“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you
do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe,
how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven
except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up
the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in
him may have eternal life.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in
him may not perish but may have eternal life.
“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that
the world might be saved through him.