Sermon: Tuesday 16th June

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

John 1:35-51

The First Disciples of Jesus

35The next day John was standing there again with two of his disciples, 36when he saw Jesus walking by. “There is the Lamb of God!” he said.

37The two disciples heard him say this and went with Jesus. 38Jesus turned, saw them following him, and asked, “What are you looking for?”

They answered, “Where do you live, Rabbi?” (This word means “Teacher”.)

39“Come and see,” he answered. (It was then about four o'clock in the afternoon.) So they went with him and saw where he lived, and spent the rest of that day with him.

40One of them was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41At once he found his brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah.” (This word means “Christ”.) 42Then he took Simon to Jesus.

Jesus looked at him and said, “Your name is Simon son of John, but you will be called Cephas.” (This is the same as Peter and means “a rock”.)

Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael

43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Come with me!” 44(Philip was from Bethsaida, the town where Andrew and Peter lived.) 45Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one whom Moses wrote about in the book of the Law and whom the prophets also wrote about. He is Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”

46“Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Nathanael asked.

“Come and see,” answered Philip.

47When Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, he said about him, “Here is a real Israelite; there is nothing false in him!”

48Nathanael asked him, “How do you know me?”

Jesus answered, “I saw you when you were under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

49“Teacher,” answered Nathanael, “you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

50Jesus said, “Do you believe just because I told you I saw you when you were under the fig tree? You will see much greater things than this!” 51And he said to them, “I am telling you the truth: you will see heaven open and God's angels going up and coming down on the Son of Man.”

Singing the Faith 350

   1      I cannot tell why he, whom angels worship,
        should set his love upon us, now or then,
        or why, as Shepherd, he should seek the wanderers,
        to bring them back, they know not how or when.
        But this I know, that he was born of Mary
        when Bethlem's manger was his only home,
        and that he lived at Nazareth and laboured,
        and so the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is come.

   2      I cannot tell how silently he suffered,
        as with his peace he graced this place of tears,
        or how his heart upon the cross was broken,
        the crown of pain to three-and-thirty years.
        But this I know, he heals the broken-hearted,
        and stays our sin, and calms our lurking fear,
        and lifts the burden from the heavy-laden,
        for yet the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is here.

   3      I cannot tell how he will win the nations,
        how he will claim his earthly heritage,
        how satisfy the needs and aspirations
        of east and west, of sinner and of sage.
        But this I know, all flesh shall see his glory,
        and he shall reap the harvest he has sown,
        and some glad day his sun shall shine in splendour,
        when he the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is known.

   4      I cannot tell how all the lands shall worship,
        when at his bidding every storm is stilled,
        or who can say how great the jubilation
        when every human heart with love is filled.
        But this I know, the skies will thrill with rapture,
        and myriad, myriad human voices sing,
        and earth to heaven, and heaven to earth, will answer:
        ‘at last the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is King!’

William Young Fullerton (1857–1932)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 350 .


A Prayer for Protection from Enemies

1Save me by your power, O God;

set me free by your might!

2Hear my prayer, O God;

listen to my words!

3Proud men are coming to attack me;

cruel men are trying to kill me —

men who do not care about God.

4But God is my helper.

The Lord is my defender.

5May God use their own evil to punish my enemies.

He will destroy them because he is faithful.

6I will gladly offer you a sacrifice, O LORD;

I will give you thanks

because you are good.

7You have rescued me from all my troubles,

and I have seen my enemies defeated.

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