Saint Alban's Anglican Church

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Proper 25

10/27/2013 - Sunday Service


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Old Testament Lesson


Jeremiah 14:1-10,19-22
14:1 The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought:
2 Judahmourns
   and her gates languish;
they lie in gloom on the ground,
   and the cry of Jerusalemgoes up.
3 Her nobles send their servants for water;
   they come to the cisterns,
they find no water,
   they return with their vessels empty.
They are ashamed and dismayed
   and cover their heads,
4 because the ground is cracked.
   Because there has been no rain on the land
the farmers are dismayed;
   they cover their heads.
5 Even the doe in the field forsakes her newborn fawn
   because there is no grass.
6 The wild asses stand on the bare heights,
   they pant for air like jackals;
their eyes fail
   because there is no herbage.

7 Although our iniquities testify against us,
   act, O LORD, for your name''s sake;
our apostasies indeed are many,
   and we have sinned against you.
8 O hope of Israel,
   its saviour in time of trouble,
why should you be like a stranger in the land,
   like a traveller turning aside for the night?
9 Why should you be like someone confused,
   like a mighty warrior who cannot give help?
Yet you, O LORD, are in the midst of us,
   and we are called by your name;
   do not forsake us!

10 Thus says the LORD concerning this people:
Truly they have loved to wander,
   they have not restrained their feet;
therefore the LORD does not accept them,
   now he will remember their iniquity
   and punish their sins.

19 Have you completely rejected Judah?
   Does your heart loathe Zion?
Why have you struck us down
   so that there is no healing for us?
We look for peace, but find no good;
   for a time of healing, but there is terror instead.
20 We acknowledge our wickedness, O LORD,
   the iniquity of our ancestors,
   for we have sinned against you.
21 Do not spurn us, for your name''s sake;
   do not dishonour your glorious throne;
   remember and do not break your covenant with us.
22 Can any idols of the nations bring rain?
   Or can the heavens give showers?
Is it not you, O LORD our God?
   We set our hope on you,
   for it is you who do all this.


Psalm



Psalm 84:1-6
1How dear to me is your dwelling, O LORD of hosts! *
My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of
    the LORD;
my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
2The sparrow has found her a house
    and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young; *
by the side of your altars, O LORD of hosts,
    my King and my God.
3Happy are they who dwell in your house! *
they will always be praising you.
4Happy are the people whose strength is in you! *
whose hearts are set on the pilgrims'' way.
5Those who go through the desolate valley will find
    it a place of springs, *
for the early rains have covered it with pools of water.
6They will climb from height to height, *
and the God of gods will reveal himself in Zion.

New Testament Lesson


2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18
4:6 As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

16 At my first defence no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them! 17 But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion''s mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.


Gospel


Luke 18:9-14
18:9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 10 ''Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ""God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income."" 13 But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ""God, be merciful to me, a sinner!"" 14 I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.''

Sermon



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