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.



Proper 24

10/19/2014 - Sunday Service


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Old Testament Lesson


Isaiah 45:1-7
45:1 Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus,
   whose right hand I have grasped
to subdue nations before him
   and strip kings of their robes,
to open doors before him-
   and the gates shall not be closed:
2 I will go before you
   and level the mountains,
I will break in pieces the doors of bronze
   and cut through the bars of iron,
3 I will give you the treasures of darkness
   and riches hidden in secret places,
so that you may know that it is I, the LORD,
   the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
4 For the sake of my servant Jacob,
   and Israelmy chosen,
I call you by your name,
   I surname you, though you do not know me.
5 I am the LORD, and there is no other;
   besides me there is no god.
   I arm you, though you do not know me,
6 so that they may know, from the rising of the sun
   and from the west, that there is no one besides me;
   I am the LORD, and there is no other.
7 I form light and create darkness,
   I make weal and create woe;
   I the LORD do all these things.


Psalm



Psalm 96
1Sing to the LORD a new song; *
sing to the LORD, all the whole earth.
2Sing to the LORD and bless his Name; *
proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day.
3Declare his glory among the nations *
and his wonders among all peoples.
4For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; *
he is more to be feared than all gods.
5As for all the gods of the nations, they are but idols; *
but it is the LORD who made the heavens.
6Oh, the majesty and magnificence of his presence! *
Oh, the power and the splendor of his sanctuary!
7Ascribe to the LORD, you families of the peoples; *
ascribe to the LORD honor and power.
8Ascribe to the LORD the honor due his Name; *
bring offerings and come into his courts.
9Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness; *
let the whole earth tremble before him.
10Tell it out among the nations: ""The LORD is King! *
he has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved;
    he will judge the peoples with equity.""
11Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
    let the sea thunder and all that is in it; *
let the field be joyful and all that is therein.
12Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy
    before the LORD when he comes, *
when he comes to judge the earth.
13He will judge the world with righteousness *
and the peoples with his truth.

New Testament Lesson


1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
1:1Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Grace to you and peace.

2 We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly 3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of people we proved to be among you for your sake. 6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedoniaand in Achaia. 8 For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedoniaand Achaia, but in every place where your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. 9 For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead-Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.


Gospel


Matthew 22:15-22
22:15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. 16 So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, ''Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?'' 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, ''Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin used for the tax.'' And they brought him a denarius. 20 Then he said to them, ''Whose head is this, and whose title?'' 21 They answered, ''The emperor''s.'' Then he said to them, ''Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor''s, and to God the things that are God''s.'' 22 When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

Sermon



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