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.



Easter 3

04/19/2015 - Sunday Service


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Old Testament Lesson


Micah 4:1-5
4:1 In days to come
   the mountain of the LORD''s house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
   and shall be raised up above the hills.
Peoples shall stream to it,
2   and many nations shall come and say:
''Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
   to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways
   and that we may walk in his paths.''
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
   and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
3 He shall judge between many peoples,
   and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away;
they shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
   and their spears into pruning-hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
   neither shall they learn war any more;
4 but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees,
   and no one shall make them afraid;
   for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.

5 For all the peoples walk,
   each in the name of its god,
but we will walk in the name of the LORD our God
   for ever and ever.


Psalm



Psalm 98
1Sing to the LORD a new song, *
for he has done marvelous things.
2With his right hand and his holy arm *
has he won for himself the victory.
3The LORD has made known his victory; *
his righteousness has he openly shown in
    the sight of the nations.
4He remembers his mercy and faithfulness to
    the house of Israel, *
and all the ends of the earth have seen the
    victory of our God.
5Shout with joy to the LORD, all you lands; *
lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing.
6Sing to the LORD with the harp, *
with the harp and the voice of song.
7With trumpets and the sound of the horn *
shout with joy before the King, the LORD.
8Let the sea make a noise and all that is in it, *
the lands and those who dwell therein.
9Let the rivers clap their hands, *
and let the hills ring out with joy before the LORD,
    when he comes to judge the earth.
10In righteousness shall he judge the world *
and the peoples with equity.

New Testament Lesson


1 John 1:1-2:2
1:1 We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life- 2 this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us- 3 we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; 7 but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

2:1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2 and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.


Gospel


Luke 24:36-48
24:36 While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ''Peace be with you.'' 37 They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38 He said to them, ''Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.'' 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ''Have you anything here to eat?'' 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate in their presence.

44 Then he said to them, ''These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you-that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.'' 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46 and he said to them, ''Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.

Sermon



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