Saint Alban's Anglican Church

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Proper 21

09/29/2013 - Sunday Service


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Old Testament Lesson


Amos 6:1-7
6:1Alas for those who are at ease in Zion,
   and for those who feel secure on MountSamaria,
the notables of the first of the nations,
   to whom the house of Israel resorts!
2 Cross over to Calneh, and see;
   from there go to Hamath the great;
   then go down to Gathof the Philistines.
Are you better than these kingdoms?
   Or is your territory greater than their territory,
3 O you that put far away the evil day,
   and bring near a reign of violence?
4 Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory,
   and lounge on their couches,
and eat lambs from the flock,
   and calves from the stall;
5 who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp,
   and like David improvise on instruments of music;
6 who drink wine from bowls,
   and anoint themselves with the finest oils,
   but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph!
7 Therefore they shall now be the first to go into exile,
   and the revelry of the loungers shall pass away.


Psalm



Psalm 146
1Hallelujah!
    Praise the LORD, O my soul! *
I will praise the LORD as long as I live;
    I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
2Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth, *
for there is no help in them.
3When they breathe their last, they return to earth, *
and in that day their thoughts perish.
4Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help! *
whose hope is in the LORD their God;
5Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; *
who keeps his promise for ever;
6Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, *
and food to those who hunger.
7The LORD sets the prisoners free;
    the LORD opens the eyes of the blind; *
the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
8The LORD loves the righteous;
    the LORD cares for the stranger; *
he sustains the orphan and widow,
    but frustrates the way of the wicked.
9The LORD shall reign for ever, *
your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.
    Hallelujah!

New Testament Lesson


1 Timothy 6:11-19
6:11 But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith;take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will bring about at the right time-he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lord s. 16 It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honour and eternal dominion. Amen.

17 As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, 19 thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.


Gospel


Luke 16:19-31
16:19 ''There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man''s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. 24 He called out, ""Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames."" 25 But Abraham said, ""Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. 26 Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us."" 27 He said, ""Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father''s house- 28 for I have five brothers-that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment."" 29 Abraham replied, ""They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them."" 30 He said, ""No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent."" 31 He said to him, ""If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead."" ''

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