Saint Alban's Anglican Church

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First Sunday after the Epiphany

01/13/2013 - Sunday Service


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Old Testament Lesson


Isaiah 43:1-12
43:1 But now thus says the LORD,
   he who created you, O Jacob,
   he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
   I have called you by name, you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
   and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
   and the flame shall not consume you.
3 For I am the LORD your God,
   the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
   Ethiopiaand Seba in exchange for you.
4 Because you are precious in my sight,
   and honoured, and I love you,
I give people in return for you,
   nations in exchange for your life.
5 Do not fear, for I am with you;
   I will bring your offspring from the east,
   and from the west I will gather you;
6 I will say to the north, ''Give them up'',
   and to the south, ''Do not withhold;
bring my sons from far away
   and my daughters from the end of the earth-
7 everyone who is called by my name,
   whom I created for my glory,
   whom I formed and made.''

8 Bring forth the people who are blind, yet have eyes,
   who are deaf, yet have ears!
9 Let all the nations gather together,
   and let the peoples assemble.
Who among them declared this,
   and foretold to us the former things?
Let them bring their witnesses to justify them,
   and let them hear and say, ''It is true.''
10 You are my witnesses, says the LORD,
   and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me
   and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed,
   nor shall there be any after me.
11 I, I am the LORD,
   and besides me there is no saviour.
12 I declared and saved and proclaimed,
   when there was no strange god among you;
   and you are my witnesses, says the LORD.


Psalm



Psalm 29
1Ascribe to the LORD, you gods, *
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
2Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his Name; *
worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
3The voice of the LORD is upon the waters;
    the God of glory thunders; *
the LORD is upon the mighty waters.
4The voice of the LORD is a powerful voice; *
the voice of the LORD is a voice of splendor.
5The voice of the LORD breaks the cedar trees; *
the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
6He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, *
and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.
7The voice of the LORD splits the flames of fire;
    the voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; *
the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
8The voice of the LORD makes the oak trees writhe *
and strips the forests bare.
9And in the temple of the LORD *
all are crying, ""Glory!""
10The LORD sits enthroned above the flood; *
the LORD sits enthroned as King for evermore.
11The LORD shall give strength to his people; *
the LORD shall give his people the blessing of peace.

Gospel


Luke 3:15-16,21-22
3:15 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16 John answered all of them by saying, ''I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ''You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.''

Sermon



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