Saint Alban's Anglican Church

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The First Sunday of Lent

03/05/2017 - Sunday Service

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Old Testament Lesson

Genesis 2:4-9,15-17,25-3:7
2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

In the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, 5 when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up-for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground; 6 but a stream would rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground- 7 then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being. 8 And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 Out of the ground the LORD God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, ''You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.''

25 And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed.

3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, ''Did God say, ""You shall not eat from any tree in the garden""?'' 2 The woman said to the serpent, ''We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; 3 but God said, ""You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die."" ''4 But the serpent said to the woman, ''You will not die; 5 for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.'' 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.


Psalm 51
1Have mercy on me, O God, according to your
    loving kindness; *
in your great compassion blot out my offenses.
2Wash me through and through from my wickedness *
and cleanse me from my sin.
3For I know my transgressions, *
and my sin is ever before me.
4Against you only have I sinned *
and done what is evil in your sight.
5And so you are justified when you speak *
and upright in your judgment.
6Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, *
a sinner from my mother''s womb.
7For behold, you look for truth deep within me, *
and will make me understand wisdom secretly.
8Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; *
wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.
9Make me hear of joy and gladness, *
that the body you have broken may rejoice.
10Hide your face from my sins *
and blot out all my iniquities.
11Create in me a clean heart, O God, *
and renew a right spirit within me.
12Cast me not away from your presence *
and take not your holy Spirit from me.
13Give me the joy of your saving help again *
and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.
14I shall teach your ways to the wicked, *
and sinners shall return to you.
15Deliver me from death, O God, *
and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness,
    O God of my salvation.
16Open my lips, O Lord, *
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
17Had you desired it, I would have offered sacrifice, *
but you take no delight in burnt offerings.
18The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit; *
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
19Be favorable and gracious to Zion, *
and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
20Then you will be pleased with the appointed sacrifices,
    with burnt offerings and oblations; *
then shall they offer young bullocks upon your altar.

New Testament Lesson

Romans 5:12-21
5:12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned- 13 sin was indeed in the world before the law, but sin is not reckoned when there is no law. 14 Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who was to come.

15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died through the one man''s trespass, much more surely have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the many. 16 And the free gift is not like the effect of the one man''s sin. For the judgement following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification. 17 If, because of the one man''s trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.

18 Therefore just as one man''s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man''s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all. 19 For just as by the one man''s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man''s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 But law came in, with the result that the trespass multiplied; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, just as sin exercised dominion in death, so grace might also exercise dominion through justification leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Matthew 4:1-11
4:1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 3 The tempter came and said to him, ''If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.'' 4 But he answered, ''It is written,
""One does not live by bread alone,
   but by every word that comes from the mouth of God."" ''

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 saying to him, ''If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written,
""He will command his angels concerning you"",
   and ""On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone."" ''
7 Jesus said to him, ''Again it is written, ""Do not put the Lord your God to the test."" ''

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour; 9 and he said to him, ''All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.'' 10 Jesus said to him, ''Away with you, Satan! for it is written,
""Worship the Lord your God,
   and serve only him."" ''
11 Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.


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