Saint Alban's Anglican Church

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Proper 20

09/21/2014 - Sunday Service

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Old Testament Lesson

Jonah 3:10-4:11
3:10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.

4:1 But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the LORD and said, ''O LORD! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. 3 And now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.'' 4 And the LORD said, ''Is it right for you to be angry?'' 5 Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city.

6 The LORD God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. 7 But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, ''It is better for me to die than to live.''

9 But God said to Jonah, ''Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?'' And he said, ''Yes, angry enough to die.'' 10 Then the LORD said, ''You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labour and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?''


Psalm 145
1I will exalt you, O God my King, *
and bless your Name for ever and ever.
2Every day will I bless you *
and praise your Name for ever and ever.
3Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; *
there is no end to his greatness.
4One generation shall praise your works to another *
and shall declare your power.
5I will ponder the glorious splendor of your majesty *
and all your marvelous works.
6They shall speak of the might of your wondrous acts, *
and I will tell of your greatness.
7They shall publish the remembrance of your great goodness; *
they shall sing of your righteous deeds.
8The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, *
slow to anger and of great kindness.
9The LORD is loving to everyone *
and his compassion is over all his works.
10All your works praise you, O LORD, *
and your faithful servants bless you.
11They make known the glory of your kingdom *
and speak of your power;
12That the peoples may know of your power *
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; *
your dominion endures throughout all ages.
14The LORD is faithful in all his words *
and merciful in all his deeds.
15The LORD upholds all those who fall; *
he lifts up those who are bowed down.
16The eyes of all wait upon you, O LORD, *
and you give them their food in due season.
17You open wide your hand *
and satisfy the needs of every living creature.
18The LORD is righteous in all his ways *
and loving in all his works.
19The LORD is near to those who call upon him, *
to all who call upon him faithfully.
20He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; *
he hears their cry and helps them.
21The LORD preserves all those who love him, *
but he destroys all the wicked.
22My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD; *
let all flesh bless his holy Name for ever and ever.

New Testament Lesson

Philippians 1:21-27
1:21 For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labour for me;and I do not know which I prefer. 23 I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; 24 but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. 25 Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, 26 so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.

27 Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel,


Matthew 20:1-16
20:1 ''For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with the labourers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 When he went out about nine o''clock, he saw others standing idle in the market-place; 4 and he said to them, ""You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right."" So they went. 5 When he went out again about noon and about three o''clock, he did the same. 6 And about five o''clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ""Why are you standing here idle all day?"" 7 They said to him, ""Because no one has hired us."" He said to them, ""You also go into the vineyard."" 8 When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ""Call the labourers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first."" 9 When those hired about five o''clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. 10 Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. 11 And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, 12 saying, ""These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat."" 13 But he replied to one of them, ""Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? 14 Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?"" 16 So the last will be first, and the first will be last.''


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