Saint Alban's Anglican Church
Committed to sharing Christ's Commandments: To love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves, through worship, education and outreach.
11/02/2014 - Sunday Service
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Old Testament Lesson
3:5 Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets
who lead my people astray,
who cry ''Peace''
when they have something to eat,
but declare war against those
who put nothing into their mouths.
6 Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision,
and darkness to you, without revelation.
The sun shall go down upon the prophets,
and the day shall be black over them;
7 the seers shall be disgraced,
and the diviners put to shame;
they shall all cover their lips,
for there is no answer from God.
8 But as for me, I am filled with power,
with the spirit of the LORD,
and with justice and might,
to declare to Jacob his transgression
and to Israelhis sin.
9 Hear this, you rulers of the house of Jacob
and chiefs of the house of Israel,
who abhor justice
and pervert all equity,
10 who build Zionwith blood
and Jerusalemwith wrong!
11 Its rulers give judgement for a bribe,
its priests teach for a price,
its prophets give oracles for money;
yet they lean upon the LORD and say,
''Surely the LORD is with us!
No harm shall come upon us.''
12 Therefore because of you
Zion shall be ploughed as a field;
Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins,
and the mountain of the house a wooded height.
|1||Give judgment for me, O God,|
| and defend my cause against an ungodly people; *|
|deliver me from the deceitful and the wicked.|
|2||For you are the God of my strength;|
| why have you put me from you? *|
|and why do I go so heavily while the enemy|
| oppresses me?|
|3||Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, *|
|and bring me to your holy hill|
| and to your dwelling;|
|4||That I may go to the altar of God,|
| to the God of my joy and gladness; *|
|and on the harp I will give thanks to you, O God my God.|
|5||Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? *|
|and why are you so disquieted within me?|
|6||Put your trust in God; *|
|for I will yet give thanks to him,|
| who is the help of my countenance, and my God.|
New Testament Lesson
1 Thessalonians 2:9-13,17-20
2:9 You remember our labour and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 10 You are witnesses, and God also, how pure, upright, and blameless our conduct was towards you believers. 11 As you know, we dealt with each one of you like a father with his children, 12 urging and encouraging you and pleading that you should lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
13 We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God''s word, which is also at work in you believers. 17 As for us, brothers and sisters, when, for a short time, we were made orphans by being separated from you-in person, not in heart-we longed with great eagerness to see you face to face. 18 For we wanted to come to you-certainly I, Paul, wanted to again and again-but Satan blocked our way. 19 For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? 20 Yes, you are our glory and joy!
23:1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 ''The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses'' seat; 3 therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practise what they teach. 4 They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. 5 They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. 6 They love to have the place of honour at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, 7 and to be greeted with respect in the market-places, and to have people call them rabbi. 8 But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. 9 And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father-the one in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.
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