Sermon: Wednesday 24th June

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Preached on 22nd June 2020
(12th in Ordinary Time (Birth John the Baptist))
by Dr Alistair MacDonald


The Birth of John the Baptist

57The time came for Elizabeth to have her baby, and she gave birth to a son. 58Her neighbours and relatives heard how wonderfully good the Lord had been to her, and they all rejoiced with her.

59When the baby was a week old, they came to circumcise him, and they were going to name him Zechariah, after his father. 60But his mother said, “No! His name is to be John.”

61They said to her, “But you have no relatives with that name!” 62Then they made signs to his father, asking him what name he would like the boy to have.

63Zechariah asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” How surprised they all were! 64At that moment Zechariah was able to speak again, and he started praising God. 65The neighbours were all filled with fear, and the news about these things spread through all the hill country of Judea. 66Everyone who heard of it thought about it and asked, “What is this child going to be?” For it was plain that the Lord's power was upon him.

80The child grew and developed in body and spirit. He lived in the desert until the day when he appeared publicly to the people of Israel.

Singing the Faith 73

   1      Fill thou my life, O Lord my God,
        in every part with praise,
        that my whole being may proclaim
        thy being and thy ways.

   2      Not for the lip of praise alone
        nor e'en the praising heart
        I ask, but for a life made up
        of praise in every part:

   3      Praise in the common things of life,
        its goings out and in;
        praise in each duty and each deed,
        however small and mean.

   4      Fill every part of me with praise;
        let all my being speak
        of thee and of thy love, O Lord,
        poor though I be and weak.

   5      So shalt thou, gracious Lord, from me
        receive the glory due;
        and so shall I begin on earth
        the song for ever new.

   6      So shall no part of day or night
        from sacredness be free;
        but all my life, in every step,
        be fellowship with thee.

Horatius N. Bonar (1808–1889)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 73 .

Psalm 80:1-7

A Prayer for the Nation's Restoration

1Listen to us, O Shepherd of Israel;

hear us, leader of your flock.

Seated on your throne above the winged creatures,

2reveal yourself to the tribes of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh.

Show us your strength;

come and save us!

3Bring us back, O God!

Show us your mercy, and we will be saved!

4How much longer, LORD God Almighty,

will you be angry with your people's prayers?

5You have given us sorrow to eat,

a large cup of tears to drink.

6You let the surrounding nations fight over our land;

our enemies insult us.

7Bring us back, Almighty God!

Show us your mercy, and we will be saved!

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