Saint Alban's Anglican Church

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The Seventh Sunday of Epiphany

02/19/2017 - Sunday Service


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Old Testament Lesson


Leviticus 19:1-2,9-18
19:1 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying:

2 Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israeland say to them: You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.

9 When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10 You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the LORD your God.

11 You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; and you shall not lie to one another. 12 And you shall not swear falsely by my name, profaning the name of your God: I am the LORD.

13 You shall not defraud your neighbour; you shall not steal; and you shall not keep for yourself the wages of a labourer until morning. 14 You shall not revile the deaf or put a stumbling-block before the blind; you shall fear your God: I am the LORD.

15 You shall not render an unjust judgement; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbour. 16 You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not profit by the blood of your neighbour: I am the LORD.

17 You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin; you shall reprove your neighbour, or you will incur guilt yourself. 18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the LORD.


Psalm



Psalm 71
1In you, O LORD, have I taken refuge; *
let me never be ashamed.
2In your righteousness, deliver me and set me free; *
incline your ear to me and save me.
3Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe; *
you are my crag and my stronghold.
4Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, *
from the clutches of the evildoer and the oppressor.
5For you are my hope, O LORD God, *
my confidence since I was young.
6I have been sustained by you ever since I was born;
    from my mother''s womb you have been my strength; *
my praise shall be always of you.
7I have become a portent to many; *
but you are my refuge and my strength.
8Let my mouth be full of your praise *
and your glory all the day long.
9Do not cast me off in my old age; *
forsake me not when my strength fails.
10For my enemies are talking against me, *
and those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together.
11They say, ""God has forsaken him;
    go after him and seize him; *
because there is none who will save.""
12O God, be not far from me; *
come quickly to help me, O my God.
13Let those who set themselves against me be put to shame and
    be disgraced; *
let those who seek to do me evil be covered with scorn
    and reproach.
14But I shall always wait in patience, *
and shall praise you more and more.
15My mouth shall recount your mighty acts
    and saving deeds all day long; *
though I cannot know the number of them.
16I will begin with the mighty works of the Lord GOD; *
I will recall your righteousness, yours alone.
17O God, you have taught me since I was young, *
and to this day I tell of your wonderful works.
18And now that I am old and gray headed, O God, do not
    forsake me, *
till I make known your strength to this generation
    and your power to all who are to come.
19Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens; *
you have done great things;
    who is like you, O God?
20You have showed me great troubles and adversities, *
but you will restore my life
    and bring me up again from the deep places of the earth.
21You strengthen me more and more; *
you enfold and comfort me,
22Therefore I will praise you upon the lyre for your
    faithfulness, O my God; *
I will sing to you with the harp, O Holy One of Israel.
23My lips will sing with joy when I play to you, *
and so will my soul, which you have redeemed.
24My tongue will proclaim your righteousness all day long, *
for they are ashamed and disgraced who sought
    to do me harm.

New Testament Lesson


1 Corinthians 3:10-11,16-23
3:10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.

16 Do you not know that you are God''s temple and that God''s Spirit dwells in you?17 If anyone destroys God''s temple, God will destroy that person. For God''s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

18 Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written,
''He catches the wise in their craftiness'',
20 and again,
''The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise,
   that they are futile.''
21 So let no one boast about human leaders. For all things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future-all belong to you, 23 and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.


Gospel


Matthew 5:38-48
5:38 ''You have heard that it was said, ""An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth."" 39 But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; 40 and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; 41 and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. 42 Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.

43 ''You have heard that it was said, ""You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy."" 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax-collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Sermon



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