Saint Alban's Anglican Church

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The Third Sunday of Epiphany

01/22/2017 - Sunday Service


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Old Testament Lesson


Amos 3:1-8
3:1 Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up out of the land of Egypt:
2 You only have I known
   of all the families of the earth;
therefore I will punish you
   for all your iniquities.
3 Do two walk together
   unless they have made an appointment?
4 Does a lion roar in the forest,
   when it has no prey?
Does a young lion cry out from its den,
   if it has caught nothing?
5 Does a bird fall into a snare on the earth,
   when there is no trap for it?
Does a snare spring up from the ground,
   when it has taken nothing?
6 Is a trumpet blown in a city,
   and the people are not afraid?
Does disaster befall a city,
   unless the LORD has done it?
7 Surely the Lord Goddoes nothing,
   without revealing his secret
   to his servants the prophets.
8 The lion has roared;
   who will not fear?
The Lord God has spoken;
   who can but prophesy?


Psalm



Psalm 139:1-11
1LORD, you have searched me out and known me; *
you know my sitting down and my rising up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.
2You trace my journeys and my resting places *
and are acquainted with all my ways.
3Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *
but you, O LORD, know it altogether.
4You press upon me behind and before *
and lay your hand upon me.
5Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *
it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
6Where can I go then from your Spirit? *
where can I flee from your presence?
7If I climb up to heaven, you are there; *
if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
8If I take the wings of the morning *
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
9Even there your hand will lead me *
and your right hand hold me fast.
10If I say, ""Surely the darkness will cover me, *
and the light around me turn to night,""
11Darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is as bright as the day; *
darkness and light to you are both alike.

New Testament Lesson


1 Corinthians 1:10-17
1:10 Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you should be in agreement and that there should be no divisions among you, but that you should be united in the same mind and the same purpose. 11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe''s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. 12 What I mean is that each of you says, ''I belong to Paul'', or ''I belong to Apollos'', or ''I belong to Cephas'', or ''I belong to Christ.'' 13 Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power.


Gospel


Matthew 4:12-23
4:12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee.13 He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
15 ''Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,
   on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles-
16 the people who sat in darkness
   have seen a great light,
and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death
   light has dawned.''
17 From that time Jesus began to proclaim, ''Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.''

18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake-for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, ''Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.'' 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.

Sermon



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