Saint Alban's Anglican Church

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Easter 4

04/21/2013 - Sunday Service


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Old Testament Lesson


Numbers 27:12-23
27:12 The LORD said to Moses, ''Go up this mountain of the Abarim range, and see the land that I have given to the Israelites. 13 When you have seen it, you also shall be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was, 14 because you rebelled against my word in the wilderness of Zin when the congregation quarrelled with me. You did not show my holiness before their eyes at the waters.'' (These are the waters of Meribath-kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.) 15 Moses spoke to the LORD, saying, 16 ''Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint someone over the congregation 17 who shall go out before them and come in before them, who shall lead them out and bring them in, so that the congregation of the LORD may not be like sheep without a shepherd.'' 18 So the LORD said to Moses, ''Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay your hand upon him; 19 have him stand before Eleazar the priest and all the congregation, and commission him in their sight. 20 You shall give him some of your authority, so that all the congregation of the Israelites may obey. 21 But he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him by the decision of the Urim before the LORD;at his word they shall go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he and all the Israelites with him, the whole congregation.'' 22 So Moses did as the LORD commanded him. He took Joshua and had him stand before Eleazar the priest and the whole congregation; 23 he laid his hands on him and commissioned him-as the LORD had directed through Moses.


Psalm



Psalm 100
1Be joyful in the LORD, all you lands; *
serve the LORD with gladness
    and come before his presence with a song.
2Know this: The LORD himself is God; *
he himself has made us, and we are his;
    we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
3Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
    go into his courts with praise; *
give thanks to him and call upon his Name.
4For the LORD is good;
    his mercy is everlasting; *
and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

New Testament Lesson


Revelation 7:9-17
7:9 After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10 They cried out in a loud voice, saying,
''Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!''
11 And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, 12 singing,
''Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honour
and power and might
be to our God for ever and ever! Amen.''

13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, ''Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?'' 14 I said to him, ''Sir, you are the one that knows.'' Then he said to me, ''These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 For this reason they are before the throne of God,
   and worship him day and night within his temple,
   and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
16 They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
   the sun will not strike them,
   nor any scorching heat;
17 for the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd,
   and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.''


Gospel


John 10:22-30
10:22 At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, ''How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.'' 25 Jesus answered, ''I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father''s name testify to me; 26 but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father''s hand. 30 The Father and I are one.''

Sermon



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