Saint Alban's Anglican Church

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The Third Sunday of Lent

03/08/2015 - Sunday Service


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Old Testament Lesson


Exodus 20:1-17
20:1 Then God spoke all these words:

2 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 3 you shall have no other gods before me.

4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, 6 but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.

7 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.

8 Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9 For six days you shall labour and do all your work. 10 But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work-you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.

12 Honour your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

13 You shall not murder.

14 You shall not commit adultery.

15 You shall not steal.

16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.

17 You shall not covet your neighbour''s house; you shall not covet your neighbour''s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour.


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.

New Testament Lesson


Romans 7:13-25
7:13 Did what is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, working death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.

14 For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold into slavery under sin. 15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. 17 But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.

21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, 23 but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin.


Gospel


John 2:13-22
2:13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.14 In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. 15 Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 He told those who were selling the doves, ''Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father''s house a market-place!'' 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, ''Zeal for your house will consume me.'' 18 The Jews then said to him, ''What sign can you show us for doing this?'' 19 Jesus answered them, ''Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.'' 20 The Jews then said, ''This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?'' 21 But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

Sermon



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