Saint Alban's Anglican Church

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Proper 22

10/06/2013 - Sunday Service


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Old Testament Lesson


Habakkuk 1:1-13,2:1-4
1:1 The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw.

2 O LORD, how long shall I cry for help,
   and you will not listen?
Or cry to you ''Violence!''
   and you will not save?
3 Why do you make me see wrongdoing
   and look at trouble?
Destruction and violence are before me;
   strife and contention arise.
4 So the law becomes slack
   and justice never prevails.
The wicked surround the righteous-
   therefore judgement comes forth perverted.

5 Look at the nations, and see!
   Be astonished! Be astounded!
For a work is being done in your days
   that you would not believe if you were told.
6 For I am rousing the Chaldeans,
   that fierce and impetuous nation,
who march through the breadth of the earth
   to seize dwellings not their own.
7 Dread and fearsome are they;
   their justice and dignity proceed from themselves.
8 Their horses are swifter than leopards,
   more menacing than wolves at dusk;
   their horses charge.
Their horsemen come from far away;
   they fly like an eagle swift to devour.
9 They all come for violence,
   with faces pressing forward;
   they gather captives like sand.
10 At kings they scoff,
   and of rulers they make sport.
They laugh at every fortress,
   and heap up earth to take it.
11 Then they sweep by like the wind;
   they transgress and become guilty;
   their own might is their god!

12 Are you not from of old,
   O LORD my God, my Holy One?
   You shall not die.
O LORD, you have marked them for judgement;
   and you, O Rock, have established them for punishment.
13 Your eyes are too pure to behold evil,
   and you cannot look on wrongdoing;
why do you look on the treacherous,
   and are silent when the wicked swallow
   those more righteous than they?

2:1 I will stand at my watch-post,
   and station myself on the rampart;
I will keep watch to see what he will say to me,
   and what he will answer concerning my complaint.
2 Then the LORD answered me and said:
Write the vision;
   make it plain on tablets,
   so that a runner may read it.
3 For there is still a vision for the appointed time;
   it speaks of the end, and does not lie.
If it seems to tarry, wait for it;
   it will surely come, it will not delay.
4 Look at the proud!
   Their spirit is not right in them,
   but the righteous live by their faith.


Psalm



Psalm 37:1-18
1Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; *
do not be jealous of those who do wrong.
2For they shall soon wither like the grass, *
and like the green grass fade away.
3Put your trust in the LORD and do good; *
dwell in the land and feed on its riches.
4Take delight in the LORD, *
and he shall give you your heart''s desire.
5Commit your way to the LORD and put your trust in him, *
and he will bring it to pass.
6He will make your righteousness as clear as the light *
and your just dealing as the noonday.
7Be still before the LORD *
and wait patiently for him.
8Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers, *
the one who succeeds in evil schemes.
9Refrain from anger, leave rage alone; *
do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.
10For evildoers shall be cut off, *
but those who wait upon the LORD shall possess the land.
11In a little while the wicked shall be no more; *
you shall search out their place, but they will not be there.
12But the lowly shall possess the land; *
they will delight in abundance of peace.
13The wicked plot against the righteous *
and gnash at them with their teeth.
14The Lord laughs at the wicked, *
because he sees that their day will come.
15The wicked draw their sword and bend their bow
    to strike down the poor and needy, *
to slaughter those who are upright in their ways.
16Their sword shall go through their own heart, *
and their bow shall be broken.
17The little that the righteous has *
is better than great riches of the wicked.
18For the power of the wicked shall be broken, *
but the LORD upholds the righteous.

New Testament Lesson


2 Timothy 1:1-14
1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,

2 To Timothy, my beloved child:

Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

3 I am grateful to God-whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did-when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. 4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. 6 For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; 7 for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.

8 Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11 For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, 12 and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. 13 Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14 Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.


Gospel


Luke 17:5-10
17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, ''Increase our faith!'' 6 The Lord replied, ''If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ""Be uprooted and planted in the sea"", and it would obey you.

7 ''Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from ploughing or tending sheep in the field, ""Come here at once and take your place at the table""? 8 Would you not rather say to him, ""Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink""? 9 Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? 10 So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ""We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!"" ''

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