Sermon: Monday 15th June

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Preached on 16th June 2020
(11th in Ordinance Time)
by Dr Alistair MacDonald

John 1:1-18

The Word of Life

1In the beginning the Word already existed; the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2From the very beginning the Word was with God. 3Through him God made all things; not one thing in all creation was made without him. 4The Word was the source of life, and this life brought light to humanity. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.

6God sent his messenger, a man named John, 7who came to tell people about the light, so that all should hear the message and believe. 8He himself was not the light; he came to tell about the light. 9This was the real light — the light that comes into the world and shines on everyone.

10The Word was in the world, and though God made the world through him, yet the world did not recognize him. 11He came to his own country, but his own people did not receive him. 12Some, however, did receive him and believed in him; so he gave them the right to become God's children. 13They did not become God's children by natural means, that is, by being born as the children of a human father; God himself was their Father.

14The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw his glory, the glory which he received as the Father's only Son.

15John spoke about him. He cried out, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘He comes after me, but he is greater than I am, because he existed before I was born.’ ”

16Out of the fullness of his grace he has blessed us all, giving us one blessing after another. 17God gave the Law through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is the same as God and is at the Father's side, he has made him known.

Singing the Faith 181

1      Of the Father's love begotten
        ere the worlds began to be,
        he is Alpha and Omega,
        he the source, the ending he,
        of the things that are, that have been,
        and that future years shall see,
        evermore and evermore.

   2      By his word was all created;
        he commanded, it was done;
        earth and sky and boundless ocean,
        universe of three in one;
        all that sees the moon's soft radiance,
        all that breathes beneath the sun,
        evermore and evermore.

   3      This is he whom seers in old time
        chanted of with one accord,
        whom the voices of the prophets
        promised in their faithful word;
        now he shines, the long-expected;
        let creation praise its Lord,
        evermore and evermore.

   4      O you heights of heaven, adore him;
        angel hosts, his praises sing;
        all dominions, bow before him,
        and extol our God and King;
        let no tongue on earth be silent,
        every voice in concert sing,
        evermore and evermore!

Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (348–c.413)
translated by John Mason Neale (1811–1866) and Henry Williams Baker (1821–1877)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 181 .

Psalm 53

Human Wickedness


1Fools say to themselves,

“There is no God.”

They are all corrupt,

and they have done terrible things;

there is no one who does what is right.

2God looks down from heaven at the human race

to see if there are any who are wise,

any who worship him.

3But they have all turned away;

they are all equally bad.

Not one of them does what is right,

not a single one.

4“Don't they know?” God asks.

“Are these evildoers ignorant?

They live by robbing my people,

and they never pray to me.”

5But then they will be terrified,

as they have never been before,

for God will scatter the bones of the enemies of his people.

God has rejected them,

and so Israel will totally defeat them.

6How I pray that victory

will come to Israel from Zion.

How happy the people of Israel will be

when God makes them prosperous again!

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