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Preached on 22nd June 2020
by Dr Alistair MacDonald

John 3:31-36

He who Comes from Heaven

31He who comes from above is greater than all. He who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly matters, but he who comes from heaven is above all. 32He tells what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his message. 33But whoever accepts his message confirms by this that God is truthful. 34The one whom God has sent speaks God's words, because God gives him the fullness of his Spirit. 35The Father loves his Son and has put everything in his power. 36Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not have life, but will remain under God's punishment.

Singing the Faith 32

   1      Meet and right it is to sing,
        in every time and place,
        glory to our heavenly King,
        the God of truth and grace:
        join we then with sweet accord,
        all in one thanksgiving join;
        holy, holy, holy Lord,
        eternal praise be thine.

   2      Thee the first-born sons of light,
        in choral symphonies,
        praise by day, day without night,
        and never, never cease;
        angels and archangels all
        praise the mystic Three in One,
        sing, and stop, and gaze, and fall
        o’erwhelmed before thy throne.

   3      Vying with that happy choir,
        who chant thy praise above,
        we on eagles' wings aspire,
        the wings of faith and love:
        thee they sing with glory crowned,
        we extol the slaughtered Lamb;
        lower if our voices sound,
        our subject is the same.

   4      Father, God, thy love we praise,
        which gave thy Son to die;
        Jesus, full of truth and grace,
        alike we glorify;
        Spirit, Comforter divine,
        praise by all to thee be given;
        till we in full chorus join,
        and earth is turned to heaven.

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 32 .

Psalm 62

Confidence in God's Protection

1I wait patiently for God to save me;

I depend on him alone.

2He alone protects and saves me;

he is my defender,

and I shall never be defeated.

3How much longer will all of you attack someone

who is no stronger than a broken-down fence?

4You only want to bring him down from his place of honour;

you take pleasure in lies.

You speak words of blessing,

but in your heart you curse him.

5I depend on God alone;

I put my hope in him.

6He alone protects and saves me;

he is my defender,

and I shall never be defeated.

7My salvation and honour depend on God;

he is my strong protector;

he is my shelter.

8Trust in God at all times, my people.

Tell him all your troubles,

for he is our refuge.

9Human beings are all like a puff of breath;

great and small alike are worthless.

Put them on the scales, and they weigh nothing;

they are lighter than a mere breath.

10Don't put your trust in violence;

don't hope to gain anything by robbery;

even if your riches increase,

don't depend on them.

11More than once I have heard God say

that power belongs to him

12and that his love is constant.

You yourself, O Lord, reward everyone according to his deeds.

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