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.

The First Sunday of Lent

02/17/2013 - Sunday Service

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Old Testament Lesson

Deuteronomy 26:1-11
26:1When you have come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, 2 you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the LORD your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the LORD your God will choose as a dwelling for his name. 3 You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, ''Today I declare to the LORD your God that I have come into the land that the LORD swore to our ancestors to give us.'' 4 When the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of the LORD your God, 5 you shall make this response before the LORD your God: ''A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous. 6 When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, by imposing hard labour on us, 7 we cried to the LORD, the God of our ancestors; the LORD heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. 8 The LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders; 9 and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10 So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O LORD, have given me.'' You shall set it down before the LORD your God and bow down before the LORD your God. 11 Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the LORD your God has given to you and to your house.


Psalm 91:9-15
9Because you have made the LORD your refuge, *
and the Most High your habitation,
10There shall no evil happen to you, *
neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.
11For he shall give his angels charge over you, *
to keep you in all your ways.
12They shall bear you in their hands, *
lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13You shall tread upon the lion and adder; *
you shall trample the young lion and the serpent
    under your feet.
14Because he is bound to me in love,
    therefore will I deliver him; *
I will protect him, because he knows my Name.
15He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; *
I am with him in trouble;
    I will rescue him and bring him to honor.

New Testament Lesson

Romans 10:5-13
10:5 Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that ''the person who does these things will live by them.'' 6 But the righteousness that comes from faith says, ''Do not say in your heart, ""Who will ascend into heaven?"" '' (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 ''or ""Who will descend into the abyss?"" '' (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say?
''The word is near you,
   on your lips and in your heart''
(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. 11 The scripture says, ''No one who believes in him will be put to shame.'' 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. 13 For, ''Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.''


Luke 4:1-13
4:1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. 3 The devil said to him, ''If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.'' 4 Jesus answered him, ''It is written, ""One does not live by bread alone."" ''

5 Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And the devil said to him, ''To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. 7 If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.'' 8 Jesus answered him, ''It is written,
""Worship the Lord your God,
   and serve only him."" ''

9 Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, ''If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written,
""He will command his angels concerning you,
   to protect you"",
11 and
""On their hands they will bear you up,
   so that you will not dash your foot against a stone."" ''
12 Jesus answered him, ''It is said, ""Do not put the Lord your God to the test."" '' 13 When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.


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