Saint Alban's Anglican Church

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Proper 5

06/07/2015 - Sunday Service

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Old Testament Lesson

Genesis 3:1-21
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.

8 They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, ''Where are you?'' 10 He said, ''I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.'' 11 He said, ''Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?'' 12 The man said, ''The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.'' 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, ''What is this that you have done?'' The woman said, ''The serpent tricked me, and I ate.'' 14 The LORD God said to the serpent,
''Because you have done this,
   cursed are you among all animals
   and among all wild creatures;
upon your belly you shall go,
   and dust you shall eat
   all the days of your life.
15 I will put enmity between you and the woman,
   and between your offspring and hers;
he will strike your head,
   and you will strike his heel.''
16 To the woman he said,
''I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing;
   in pain you shall bring forth children,
yet your desire shall be for your husband,
   and he shall rule over you.''
17 And to the man he said,
''Because you have listened to the voice of your wife,
   and have eaten of the tree
about which I commanded you,
   ""You shall not eat of it"",
cursed is the ground because of you;
   in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
   and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your face
   you shall eat bread
until you return to the ground,
   for out of it you were taken;
you are dust,
   and to dust you shall return.''

20 The man named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all who live. 21 And the LORD God made garments of skins for the manand for his wife, and clothed them.


Psalm 130
1Out of the depths have I called to you, O LORD;
    LORD, hear my voice; *
let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
2If you, LORD, were to note what is done amiss, *
O LORD, who could stand?
3For there is forgiveness with you; *
therefore you shall be feared.
4I wait for the LORD; my soul waits for him; *
in his word is my hope.
5My soul waits for the LORD,
    more than watchmen for the morning, *
more than watchmen for the morning.
6O Israel, wait for the LORD, *
for with the LORD there is mercy;
7With him there is plenteous redemption, *
and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.

New Testament Lesson

2 Corinthians 4:13-18
4:13 But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture-''I believed, and so I spoke''-we also believe, and so we speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. 15 Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

16 So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17 For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, 18 because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.


Mark 3:20-35
3:20 and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. 21 When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, ''He has gone out of his mind.'' 22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, ''He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.'' 23 And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, ''How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. 27 But no one can enter a strong man''s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.

28 ''Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin''- 30 for they had said, ''He has an unclean spirit.''

31 Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, ''Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.'' 33 And he replied, ''Who are my mother and my brothers?'' 34 And looking at those who sat around him, he said, ''Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.''


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