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 25

10/26/2014 - Sunday Service


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Old Testament Lesson


Exodus 22:21-27
22:21 You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.22 You shall not abuse any widow or orphan. 23 If you do abuse them, when they cry out to me, I will surely heed their cry; 24 my wrath will burn, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children orphans.

25 If you lend money to my people, to the poor among you, you shall not deal with them as a creditor; you shall not exact interest from them. 26 If you take your neighbour''s cloak in pawn, you shall restore it before the sun goes down; 27 for it may be your neighbour''s only clothing to use as cover; in what else shall that person sleep? And if your neighbour cries out to me, I will listen, for I am compassionate.


Psalm



Psalm 1
1Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of
    the wicked, *
nor lingered in the way of sinners,
    nor sat in the seats of the scornful!
2Their delight is in the law of the LORD, *
and they meditate on his law day and night.
3They are like trees planted by streams of water,
    bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; *
everything they do shall prosper.
4It is not so with the wicked; *
they are like chaff which the wind blows away.
5Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when
    judgment comes, *
nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.
6For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, *
but the way of the wicked is doomed.

New Testament Lesson


1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
2:1You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, 2 but though we had already suffered and been shamefully maltreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. 3 For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, 4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. 5 As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; 6 nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, 7 though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. 8 So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.


Gospel


Matthew 22:34-46
22:34 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35 and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 ''Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?'' 37 He said to him, '' ""You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind."" 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: ""You shall love your neighbour as yourself."" 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.''

41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: 42 ''What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?'' They said to him, ''The son of David.'' 43 He said to them, ''How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying,
44 ""The Lord said to my Lord,
''Sit at my right hand,
   until I put your enemies under your feet'' ""?
45 If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?'' 46 No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

Sermon



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