Saint Alban's Anglican Church

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Proper 12

07/26/2015 - Sunday Service


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Old Testament Lesson


2 Kings 2:1-15
2:1Now when the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. 2 Elijah said to Elisha, ''Stay here; for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel.'' But Elisha said, ''As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.'' So they went down to Bethel.3 The company of prophets who were in Bethelcame out to Elisha, and said to him, ''Do you know that today the LORD will take your master away from you?'' And he said, ''Yes, I know; keep silent.''

4 Elijah said to him, ''Elisha, stay here; for the LORD has sent me to Jericho.'' But he said, ''As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.'' So they came to Jericho. 5 The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, ''Do you know that today the LORD will take your master away from you?'' And he answered, ''Yes, I know; be silent.''

6 Then Elijah said to him, ''Stay here; for the LORD has sent me to the Jordan.'' But he said, ''As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.'' So the two of them went on. 7 Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan.8 Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.

9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, ''Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.'' Elisha said, ''Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.'' 10 He responded, ''You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you;if not, it will not.'' 11 As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. 12 Elisha kept watching and crying out, ''Father, father! The chariots of Israeland its horsemen!'' But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.

13 He picked up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. 14 He took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, saying, ''Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?'' When he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over.

15 When the company of prophets who were at Jerichosaw him at a distance, they declared, ''The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.'' They came to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.


Psalm



Psalm 114
1Hallelujah!
    When Israel came out of Egypt, *
the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech,
2Judah became God''s sanctuary *
and Israel his dominion.
3The sea beheld it and fled; *
Jordan turned and went back.
4The mountains skipped like rams, *
and the little hills like young sheep.
5What ailed you, O sea, that you fled? *
O Jordan, that you turned back?
6You mountains, that you skipped like rams? *
you little hills like young sheep?
7Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, *
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
8Who turned the hard rock into a pool of water *
and flint stone into a flowing spring.

New Testament Lesson


Ephesians 4:1-7,11-16
4:1I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.

7 But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ''s gift.

11 The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. 14 We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people''s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. 15 But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knitted together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body''s growth in building itself up in love.


Gospel


Mark 6:45-52
6:45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.

47 When evening came, the boat was out on the lake, and he was alone on the land. 48 When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the lake. He intended to pass them by. 49 But when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; 50 for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, ''Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.'' 51 Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52 for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

Sermon



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