Sermon: Monday 22nd June

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Preached on 16th June 2020
(12th in Ordinary Time)
by Dr Alistair MacDonald

John 3:22-30

Jesus and John

22After this, Jesus and his disciples went to the province of Judea, where he spent some time with them and baptized. 23John also was baptizing in Aenon, not far from Salim, because there was plenty of water in that place. People were going to him, and he was baptizing them. 24(This was before John had been put in prison.)

25Some of John's disciples began arguing with a Jew about the matter of ritual washing. 26So they went to John and said, “Teacher, you remember the man who was with you on the east side of the Jordan, the one you spoke about? Well, he is baptizing now, and everyone is going to him!”

27John answered, “No one can have anything unless God gives it to him. 28You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of him.’ 29The bridegroom is the one to whom the bride belongs; but the bridegroom's friend, who stands by and listens, is glad when he hears the bridegroom's voice. This is how my own happiness is made complete. 30He must become more important while I become less important.”

Singing the Faith 182

1      On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry
        announces that the Lord is nigh;
        awake and hearken, for he brings
        glad tidings from the King of kings!

   2      Then cleansed be every life from sin;
        make straight the way for God within,
        and let us all our hearts prepare
        for Christ to come and enter there.

   3      For you are our salvation, Lord,
        our refuge, and our great reward;
        without your grace we waste away
        like flowers that wither and decay.

   4      To heal the sick stretch out your hand,
        and bid the fallen sinner stand;
        shine forth, and let your light restore
        earth's own true loveliness once more.

   5      To God the Son all glory be
        whose advent sets his people free,
        whom, with the Father, we adore,
        and Holy Spirit, evermore.

John Chandler (1806–1876)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 182 .


A Prayer for Protection

1Hear my cry, O God;

listen to my prayer!

2In despair and far from home

I call to you!

Take me to a safe refuge,

3for you are my protector,

my strong defence against my enemies.

4Let me live in your sanctuary all my life;

let me find safety under your wings.

5You have heard my promises, O God,

and you have given me what belongs to those who honour you.

6Add many years to the king's life;

let him live on and on!

7May he rule for ever in your presence, O God;

protect him with your constant love and faithfulness.

8So I will always sing praises to you,

as I offer you daily what I have promised.

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