Saint Alban's Anglican Church

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Proper 25

10/28/2012 - Sunday Service


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Old Testament Lesson


Isaiah 59:1-19
59:1 See, the LORD''s hand is not too short to save,
   nor his ear too dull to hear.
2 Rather, your iniquities have been barriers
   between you and your God,
and your sins have hidden his face from you
   so that he does not hear.
3 For your hands are defiled with blood,
   and your fingers with iniquity;
your lips have spoken lies,
   your tongue mutters wickedness.
4 No one brings suit justly,
   no one goes to law honestly;
they rely on empty pleas, they speak lies,
   conceiving mischief and begetting iniquity.
5 They hatch adders'' eggs,
   and weave the spider''s web;
whoever eats their eggs dies,
   and the crushed egg hatches out a viper.
6 Their webs cannot serve as clothing;
   they cannot cover themselves with what they make.
Their works are works of iniquity,
   and deeds of violence are in their hands.
7 Their feet run to evil,
   and they rush to shed innocent blood;
their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity,
   desolation and destruction are in their highways.
8 The way of peace they do not know,
   and there is no justice in their paths.
Their roads they have made crooked;
   no one who walks in them knows peace.

9 Therefore justice is far from us,
   and righteousness does not reach us;
we wait for light, and lo! there is darkness;
   and for brightness, but we walk in gloom.
10 We grope like the blind along a wall,
   groping like those who have no eyes;
we stumble at noon as in the twilight,
   among the vigorous as though we were dead.
11 We all growl like bears;
   like doves we moan mournfully.
We wait for justice, but there is none;
   for salvation, but it is far from us.
12 For our transgressions before you are many,
   and our sins testify against us.
Our transgressions indeed are with us,
   and we know our iniquities:
13 transgressing, and denying the LORD,
   and turning away from following our God,
talking oppression and revolt,
   conceiving lying words and uttering them from the heart.
14 Justice is turned back,
   and righteousness stands at a distance;
for truth stumbles in the public square,
   and uprightness cannot enter.
15 Truth is lacking,
   and whoever turns from evil is despoiled.

The LORD saw it, and it displeased him
   that there was no justice.
16 He saw that there was no one,
   and was appalled that there was no one to intervene;
so his own arm brought him victory,
   and his righteousness upheld him.
17 He put on righteousness like a breastplate,
   and a helmet of salvation on his head;
he put on garments of vengeance for clothing,
   and wrapped himself in fury as in a mantle.
18 According to their deeds, so will he repay;
   wrath to his adversaries, requital to his enemies;
   to the coastlands he will render requital.
19 So those in the west shall fear the name of the LORD,
   and those in the east, his glory;
for he will come like a pent-up stream
   that the wind of the LORD drives on.


Psalm



Psalm 119:1-16
1Happy are they whose way is blameless, *
who walk in the law of the LORD!
2Happy are they who observe his decrees *
and seek him with all their hearts!
3Who never do any wrong, *
but always walk in his ways.
4You laid down your commandments, *
that we should fully keep them.
5Oh, that my ways were made so direct *
that I might keep your statutes!
6Then I should not be put to shame, *
when I regard all your commandments.
7I will thank you with an unfeigned heart, *
when I have learned your righteous judgments.
8I will keep your statutes; *
do not utterly forsake me.
9How shall a young man cleanse his way? *
By keeping to your words.
10With my whole heart I seek you; *
let me not stray from your commandments.
11I treasure your promise in my heart, *
that I may not sin against you.
12Blessed are you, O LORD; *
instruct me in your statutes.
13With my lips will I recite *
all the judgments of your mouth.
14I have taken greater delight in the way of your decrees *
than in all manner of riches.
15I will meditate on your commandments *
and give attention to your ways.
16My delight is in your statutes; *
I will not forget your word.

New Testament Lesson


Hebrews 7:23-28
7:23 Furthermore, the former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues for ever. 25 Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

26 For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 Unlike the other high priests, he has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people; this he did once for all when he offered himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests those who are subject to weakness, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect for ever.


Gospel


Mark 12:28-34
12:28 One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, ''Which commandment is the first of all?'' 29 Jesus answered, ''The first is, ""Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength."" 31 The second is this, ""You shall love your neighbour as yourself."" There is no other commandment greater than these.''32 Then the scribe said to him, ''You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ""he is one, and besides him there is no other""; 33 and ""to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength"", and ""to love one''s neighbour as oneself"",-this is much more important than all whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices.'' 34 When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, ''You are not far from the kingdom of God.'' After that no one dared to ask him any question.

Sermon



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