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 1

04/05/2015 - Sunday Service


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Old Testament Lesson


Isaiah 25:6-9
25:6 On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples
   a feast of rich food, a feast of well-matured wines,
   of rich food filled with marrow, of well-matured wines strained clear.
7 And he will destroy on this mountain
   the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
   the sheet that is spread over all nations;
8 he will swallow up death for ever.
Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces,
   and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth,
   for the LORD has spoken.
9 It will be said on that day,
   Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.
   This is the LORD for whom we have waited;
   let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.


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


Acts 10:34-43
10:34 Then Peter began to speak to them: ''I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ-he is Lord of all. 37 That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40 but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41 not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.''


Gospel


Luke 24:13-35
24:13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, ''What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?'' They stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, ''Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?'' 19 He asked them, ''What things?'' They replied, ''The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22 Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23 and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.'' 25 Then he said to them, ''Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26 Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?'' 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

28 As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29 But they urged him strongly, saying, ''Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.'' So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, ''Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?'' 33 That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem;and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34 They were saying, ''The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!'' 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Sermon



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