Sermon: Wednesday 17th June

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

John 2:1-12

The Wedding in Cana

1Two days later there was a wedding in the town of Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, 2and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine had given out, Jesus' mother said to him, “They have no wine left.”

4“You must not tell me what to do,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”

5Jesus' mother then told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

6The Jews have rules about ritual washing, and for this purpose six stone water jars were there, each one large enough to hold about a hundred litres. 7Jesus said to the servants, “Fill these jars with water.” They filled them to the brim, 8and then he told them, “Now draw some water out and take it to the man in charge of the feast.” They took him the water, 9which now had turned into wine, and he tasted it. He did not know where this wine had come from (but, of course, the servants who had drawn out the water knew); so he called the bridegroom 10and said to him, “Everyone else serves the best wine first, and after the guests have had plenty to drink, he serves the ordinary wine. But you have kept the best wine until now!”

11Jesus performed this first miracle in Cana in Galilee; there he revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.

12After this, Jesus and his mother, brothers, and disciples went to Capernaum and stayed there a few days.

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Singing the Faith 572

   1      Author of life divine,
        who has a table spread,
        furnished with mystic wine
        and everlasting bread,
        preserve the life that you have given,
        and feed and train us up for heaven.

   2      Our needy souls sustain
        with fresh supplies of love,
        till all your life we gain,
        and all your fullness prove,
        and, strengthened by your perfect grace,
        behold without a veil your face.

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 572 .

Psalm 55:1-8

The Prayer of Someone Betrayed by a Friend

1Hear my prayer, O God;

don't turn away from my plea!

2Listen to me and answer me;

I am worn out by my worries.

3I am terrified by the threats of my enemies,

crushed by the oppression of the wicked.

They bring trouble on me;

they are angry with me and hate me.

4I am terrified,

and the terrors of death crush me.

5I am gripped by fear and trembling;

I am overcome with horror.

6I wish I had wings, like a dove.

I would fly away and find rest.

7I would fly far away

and make my home in the desert.

8I would quickly find myself a shelter

from the raging wind and the storm.

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