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.



Third Sunday after the Epiphany

01/27/2013 - Sunday Service


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Old Testament Lesson


Jeremiah 3:21-4:2
3:21 A voice on the bare heights is heard,
   the plaintive weeping of Israel''s children,
because they have perverted their way,
   they have forgotten the LORD their God:
22 Return, O faithless children,
   I will heal your faithlessness.

''Here we come to you;
   for you are the LORD our God.
23 Truly the hills are a delusion,
   the orgies on the mountains.
Truly in the LORD our God
   is the salvation of Israel.

24 ''But from our youth the shameful thing has devoured all for which our ancestors had laboured, their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters. 25 Let us lie down in our shame, and let our dishonour cover us; for we have sinned against the LORD our God, we and our ancestors, from our youth even to this day; and we have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God.''

4:1 If you return, O Israel,

says the LORD,
   if you return to me,
if you remove your abominations from my presence,
   and do not waver,
2 and if you swear, ''As the LORD lives!''
   in truth, in justice, and in uprightness,
then nations shall be blessed by him,
   and by him they shall boast.


Psalm



Psalm 130
1Out of the depths have I called to you, O LORD;
    LORD, hear my voice; *
let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
2If you, LORD, were to note what is done amiss, *
O LORD, who could stand?
3For there is forgiveness with you; *
therefore you shall be feared.
4I wait for the LORD; my soul waits for him; *
in his word is my hope.
5My soul waits for the LORD,
    more than watchmen for the morning, *
more than watchmen for the morning.
6O Israel, wait for the LORD, *
for with the LORD there is mercy;
7With him there is plenteous redemption, *
and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.

New Testament Lesson


1 Corinthians 7:17-23
7:17 However that may be, let each of you lead the life that the Lord has assigned, to which God called you. This is my rule in all the churches. 18 Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision. 19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing; but obeying the commandments of God is everything. 20 Let each of you remain in the condition in which you were called.

21 Were you a slave when called? Do not be concerned about it. Even if you can gain your freedom, make use of your present condition now more than ever. 22 For whoever was called in the Lord as a slave is a freed person belonging to the Lord, just as whoever was free when called is a slave of Christ. 23 You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of human masters.


Gospel


Mark 1:14-20
1:14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15 and saying, ''The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.''

16 As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake-for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, ''Follow me and I will make you fish for people.'' 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

Sermon



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