Sermon: Friday 26th June

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

John 4:27-42

27At that moment Jesus' disciples returned, and they were greatly surprised to find him talking with a woman. But none of them said to her, “What do you want?” or asked him, “Why are you talking with her?”

28Then the woman left her water jar, went back to the town, and said to the people there, 29“Come and see the man who told me everything I have ever done. Could he be the Messiah?” 30So they left the town and went to Jesus.

31In the meantime the disciples were begging Jesus, “Teacher, have something to eat!”

32But he answered, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”

33So the disciples started asking among themselves, “Could somebody have brought him food?”

34“My food,” Jesus said to them, “is to obey the will of the one who sent me and to finish the work he gave me to do. 35You have a saying, ‘Four more months and then the harvest.’ But I tell you, take a good look at the fields; the crops are now ripe and ready to be harvested! 36The one who reaps the harvest is being paid and gathers the crops for eternal life; so another who sows and the one who reaps will be glad together. 37The saying is true, ‘One sows, another reaps.’ 38I have sent you to reap a harvest in a field where you did not work; others worked there, and you profit from their work.”

39Many of the Samaritans in that town believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I have ever done.” 40So when the Samaritans came to him, they begged him to stay with them, and Jesus stayed there two days.

41Many more believed because of his message, 42and they said to the woman, “We believe now, not because of what you said, but because we ourselves have heard him, and we know that he really is the Saviour of the world.”

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Singing the Faith 457

   1      Author of faith, eternal Word,
        whose Spirit breathes the active flame;
        faith, like its finisher and Lord,
        today as yesterday the same:

   2      To you our humble hearts aspire,
        and ask the gift unspeakable;
        increase in us the kindled fire,
        in us the work of faith fulfil.

   3      By faith we know you strong to save —
        save us, O Saviour always near!
        All that we hope, by faith we have,
        future and past subsisting here.

   4      To those that in your name believe
        eternal life with you is given;
        then they into their lives receive,
        pardon and holiness and heaven.

   5      The things unknown to feeble sense,
        unseen by reason's glimmering ray,
        with strong, commanding evidence
        their heavenly origin display.

   6      Faith lends its realising light,
        the clouds disperse, the shadows fly;
        the Invisible appears in sight,
        and God is seen by mortal eye.

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 457 .

Psalm 65

Praise and Thanksgiving

1O God, it is right for us to praise you in Zion

and keep our promises to you,

2because you answer prayers.

People everywhere will come to you

3on account of their sins.

Our faults defeat us,

but you forgive them.

4Happy are those whom you choose,

whom you bring to live in your sanctuary.

We shall be satisfied with the good things of your house,

the blessings of your sacred Temple.

5You answer us by giving us victory

and you do wonderful things to save us.

People all over the world

and across the distant seas trust in you.

6You set the mountains in place by your strength,

showing your mighty power.

7You calm the roar of the seas

and the noise of the waves;

you calm the uproar of the peoples.

8The whole world stands in awe

of the great things that you have done.

Your deeds bring shouts of joy

from one end of the earth to the other.

9You show your care for the land by sending rain;

you make it rich and fertile.

You fill the streams with water;

you provide the earth with crops.

This is how you do it:

10you send abundant rain on the ploughed fields

and soak them with water;

you soften the soil with showers

and cause the young plants to grow.

11What a rich harvest your goodness provides!

Wherever you go there is plenty.

12The pastures are filled with flocks;

the hillsides are full of joy.

13The fields are covered with sheep;

the valleys are full of wheat.

Everything shouts and sings for joy.

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