Saint Alban's Anglican Church

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Proper 19

09/14/2014 - Sunday Service


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Old Testament Lesson


Ecclesiasticus 27:30-28:7
27:30 Anger and wrath, these also are abominations,
   yet a sinner holds on to them.

28:1 The vengeful will face the Lord''s vengeance,
   for he keeps a strict account of their sins.
2 Forgive your neighbour the wrong he has done,
   and then your sins will be pardoned when you pray.
3 Does anyone harbour anger against another,
   and expect healing from the Lord?
4 If someone has no mercy towards another like himself,
   can he then seek pardon for his own sins?
5 If a mere mortal harbours wrath,
   who will make an atoning sacrifice for his sins?
6 Remember the end of your life, and set enmity aside;
   remember corruption and death, and be true to the commandments.
7 Remember the commandments, and do not be angry with your neighbour;
   remember the covenant of the Most High, and overlook faults.


Psalm



Psalm 103:8-13
8The LORD is full of compassion and mercy, *
slow to anger and of great kindness.
9He will not always accuse us, *
nor will he keep his anger for ever.
10He has not dealt with us according to our sins, *
nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.
11For as the heavens are high above the earth, *
so is his mercy great upon those who fear him.
12As far as the east is from the west, *
so far has he removed our sins from us.
13As a father cares for his children, *
so does the LORD care for those who fear him.

New Testament Lesson


Romans 14:5-12
14:5 Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. 6 Those who observe the day, observe it in honour of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honour of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honour of the Lord and give thanks to God.

7 We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. 8 If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord''s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

10 Why do you pass judgement on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgement seat of God. 11 For it is written,
''As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
   and every tongue shall give praise to God.''
12 So then, each of us will be accountable to God.


Gospel


Matthew 18:21-35
18:21 Then Peter came and said to him, ''Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?'' 22 Jesus said to him, ''Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.

23 ''For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.24 When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; 25 and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. 26 So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ""Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything."" 27 And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow-slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ""Pay what you owe."" 29 Then his fellow-slave fell down and pleaded with him, ""Have patience with me, and I will pay you."" 30 But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he should pay the debt. 31 When his fellow-slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. 32 Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ""You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 Should you not have had mercy on your fellow-slave, as I had mercy on you?"" 34 And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he should pay his entire debt. 35 So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.''

Sermon



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