Sermon: Monday 29th June

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Preached on 22nd June 2020
(13th in Ordinary Time (Peter, Apostle))
by Dr Alistair MacDonald

Matthew 16:13-19

Peter's Declaration about Jesus

(Mk 8.27–30; Lk 9.18–21)

13Jesus went to the territory near the town of Caesarea Philippi, where he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

14“Some say John the Baptist,” they answered. “Others say Elijah, while others say Jeremiah or some other prophet.”

15“What about you?” he asked them. “Who do you say I am?”

16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

17“Good for you, Simon son of John!” answered Jesus. “For this truth did not come to you from any human being, but it was given to you directly by my Father in heaven. 18And so I tell you, Peter: you are a rock, and on this rock foundation I will build my church, and not even death will ever be able to overcome it. 19I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven; what you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and what you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”

Singing the Faith 322

   1      How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
        in a believer's ear!
        It soothes our sorrows, heals our wounds,
        and drives away our fear.

   2      It makes the wounded spirit whole,
        and calms the troubled breast;
        'tis manna to the hungry soul,
        and to the weary, rest.

   3      Dear name — the rock on which I build,
        my shield and hiding-place,
        my never-failing treasury, filled
        with boundless stores of grace!

   4      Jesus!  My Shepherd, Brother, Friend,
        my Prophet, Priest, and King,
        my Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,
        accept the praise I bring.

   5      Weak is the effort of my heart,
        and cold my warmest thought;
        but when I see thee as thou art,
        I'll praise thee as I ought.

   6      Till then I would thy love proclaim
        with every fleeting breath;
        and may the music of thy name
        refresh my soul in death.

John Newton (1725–1807)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 322 .

Psalm 125

The Security of God's People

1Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,

which can never be shaken, never be moved.

2As the mountains surround Jerusalem,

so the LORD surrounds his people

now and for ever.

3The wicked will not always rule over the land of the righteous;

if they did, the righteous themselves might do evil.

4LORD, do good to those who are good,

to those who obey your commands.

5But when you punish the wicked,

punish also those who abandon your ways.

Peace be with Israel!

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