Saint Alban's Anglican Church

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Proper 24

10/20/2013 - Sunday Service


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Old Testament Lesson


Genesis 32:3-8,22-30
32:3 Jacob sent messengers before him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom, 4 instructing them, ''Thus you shall say to my lord Esau:Thus says your servant Jacob, ""I have lived with Laban as an alien, and stayed until now; 5 and I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, male and female slaves; and I have sent to tell my lord, in order that I may find favour in your sight."" ''

6 The messengers returned to Jacob, saying, ''We came to your brother Esau, and he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him.'' 7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people that were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two companies, 8 thinking, ''If Esau comes to one company and destroys it, then the company that is left will escape.''

22 The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. 24 Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob''s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, ''Let me go, for the day is breaking.'' But Jacob said, ''I will not let you go, unless you bless me.'' 27 So he said to him, ''What is your name?'' And he said, ''Jacob.'' 28 Then the man said, ''You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.'' 29 Then Jacob asked him, ''Please tell me your name.'' But he said, ''Why is it that you ask my name?'' And there he blessed him. 30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, ''For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.''


Psalm



Psalm 121
1I lift up my eyes to the hills; *
from where is my help to come?
2My help comes from the LORD, *
the maker of heaven and earth.
3He will not let your foot be moved *
and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.
4Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel *
shall neither slumber nor sleep;
5The LORD himself watches over you; *
the LORD is your shade at your right hand,
6So that the sun shall not strike you by day, *
nor the moon by night.
7The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; *
it is he who shall keep you safe.
8The LORD shall watch over your going out and
    your coming in, *
from this time forth for evermore.

New Testament Lesson


2 Timothy 3:14-4:5
3:14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, 15 and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.

4:1In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: 2 proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favourable or unfavourable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. 5 As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.


Gospel


Luke 18:1-8
18:1 Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. 2 He said, ''In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. 3 In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ""Grant me justice against my opponent."" 4 For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ""Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming."" '' 6 And the Lord said, ''Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? 8 I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?''

Sermon



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