Saint Alban's Anglican Church

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Proper 21

09/30/2012 - Sunday Service


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Old Testament Lesson


Numbers 11:4-6,10-16,24-29
11:4 The rabble among them had a strong craving; and the Israelites also wept again, and said, ''If only we had meat to eat! 5 We remember the fish we used to eat in Egyptfor nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; 6 but now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.''

10 Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, all at the entrances of their tents. Then the LORD became very angry, and Moses was displeased. 11 So Moses said to the LORD, ''Why have you treated your servant so badly? Why have I not found favour in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people on me? 12 Did I conceive all this people? Did I give birth to them, that you should say to me, ""Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a sucking child"", to the land that you promised on oath to their ancestors? 13 Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they come weeping to me and say, ""Give us meat to eat!"" 14 I am not able to carry all this people alone, for they are too heavy for me. 15 If this is the way you are going to treat me, put me to death at once-if I have found favour in your sight-and do not let me see my misery.''

16 So the LORD said to Moses, ''Gather for me seventy of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tent of meeting, and have them take their place there with you.

24 So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD; and he gathered seventy elders of the people, and placed them all around the tent. 25 Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders; and when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do so again.

26 Two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the spirit rested on them; they were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. 27 And a young man ran and told Moses, ''Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.'' 28 And Joshua son of Nun, the assistant of Moses, one of his chosen men, said, ''My lord Moses, stop them!'' 29 But Moses said to him, ''Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the LORD''s people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit on them!''


Psalm



Psalm 19:7-14
7The law of the LORD is perfect
    and revives the soul; *
the testimony of the LORD is sure
    and gives wisdom to the innocent.
8The statutes of the LORD are just
    and rejoice the heart; *
the commandment of the LORD is clear
    and gives light to the eyes.
9The fear of the LORD is clean
    and endures for ever; *
the judgments of the LORD are true
    and righteous altogether.
10More to be desired are they than gold,
    more than much fine gold, *
sweeter far than honey,
    than honey in the comb.
11By them also is your servant enlightened, *
and in keeping them there is great reward.
12Who can tell how often he offends? *
cleanse me from my secret faults.
13Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins;
    let them not get dominion over me; *
then shall I be whole and sound,
    and innocent of a great offense.
14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my
    heart be acceptable in your sight, *
O LORD, my strength and my redeemer.

Gospel


Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48
9:38 John said to him, ''Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.'' 39 But Jesus said, ''Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterwards to speak evil of me. 40 Whoever is not against us is for us. 41 For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

42 ''If any of you put a stumbling-block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45 And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, 48 where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.

Sermon



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