Sermon: saturday 27th June

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

John 4:43:54

Jesus Heals an Official's Son

43After spending two days there, Jesus left and went to Galilee. 44For he himself had said, “A prophet is not respected in his own country.” 45When he arrived in Galilee, the people there welcomed him, because they had gone to the Passover Festival in Jerusalem and had seen everything that he had done during the festival.

46Then Jesus went back to Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. A government official was there whose son was ill in Capernaum. 47When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to go to Capernaum and heal his son, who was about to die. 48Jesus said to him, “None of you will ever believe unless you see miracles and wonders.”

49“Sir,” replied the official, “come with me before my child dies.”

50Jesus said to him, “Go, your son will live!”

The man believed Jesus' words and went. 51On his way home his servants met him with the news, “Your boy is going to live!”

52He asked them what time it was when his son got better, and they answered, “It was one o'clock yesterday afternoon when the fever left him.” 53Then the father remembered it was at that very hour that Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” So he and all his family believed.

54This was the second miracle that Jesus performed after coming from Judea to Galilee.

Singing the Faith 336

   1      Son of God, if your free grace
        again has raised me up,
        called me still to seek your face,
        and given me back my hope;
        still your timely help afford,
        and all your loving-kindness show:
        keep me, keep me, gracious Lord,
        and never let me go!

   2      By me, O my Saviour, stand
        in sore temptation's hour;
        save me with your outstretched hand,
        and show forth all your power;
        O be mindful of your word,
        your all-sufficient grace bestow:
        keep me, keep me, gracious Lord,
        and never let me go!

   3      Give me, Lord, a holy fear,
        and fix it in my heart,
        that I may from evil near
        with timely care depart;
        sin be more than hell abhorred;
        till you destroy the tyrant foe,
        keep me, keep me, gracious Lord,
        and never let me go!

   4      Never let me leave your breast,
        from you, my Saviour, stray;
        you are my support and rest,
        my true and living way;
        my exceeding great reward,
        in heaven above and earth below:
        keep me, keep me, gracious Lord,
        and never let me go!

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 336 .

Psalm 66:1-12

A Song of Praise and Thanksgiving

1Praise God with shouts of joy, all people!

2Sing to the glory of his name;

offer him glorious praise!

3Say to God, “How wonderful are the things you do!

Your power is so great

that your enemies bow down in fear before you.

4Everyone on earth worships you;

they sing praises to you,

they sing praises to your name.”

5Come and see what God has done,

his wonderful acts for mankind.

6He changed the sea into dry land;

our ancestors crossed the river on foot.

There we rejoiced because of what he did.

7He rules for ever by his might

and keeps his eyes on the nations.

Let no rebels rise against him.

8Praise our God, all nations;

let your praise be heard.

9He has kept us alive

and has not allowed us to fall.

10You have put us to the test, God;

as silver is purified by fire

so you have tested us.

11You let us fall into a trap

and placed heavy burdens on our backs.

12You let our enemies trample over us;

we went through fire and flood,

but now you have brought us to a place of safety.

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