Sermon: Tuesday 30th June

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

John 5:1-18

The Healing at the Pool

1After this, Jesus went to Jerusalem for a religious festival. 2Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there is a pool with five porches; in Hebrew it is called Bethzatha. 3A large crowd of sick people were lying in the porches — the blind, the lame, and the paralysed. 5A man was there who had been ill for 38 years. 6Jesus saw him lying there, and he knew that the man had been ill for such a long time; so he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

7The sick man answered, “Sir, I have no one here to put me in the pool when the water is stirred up; while I am trying to get in, somebody else gets there first.”

8Jesus said to him, “Get up, pick up your mat, and walk.” 9Immediately the man got well; he picked up his mat and started walking.

The day this happened was a Sabbath, 10so the Jewish authorities told the man who had been healed, “This is a Sabbath, and it is against our Law for you to carry your mat.”

11He answered, “The man who made me well told me to pick up my mat and walk.”

12They asked him, “Who is the man who told you to do this?”

13But the man who had been healed did not know who Jesus was, for there was a crowd in that place, and Jesus had slipped away.

14Afterwards, Jesus found him in the Temple and said, “Listen, you are well now; so stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”

15Then the man left and told the Jewish authorities that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16So they began to persecute Jesus, because he had done this healing on a Sabbath. 17Jesus answered them, “My Father is always working, and I too must work.”

18This saying made the Jewish authorities all the more determined to kill him; not only had he broken the Sabbath law, but he had said that God was his own Father and in this way had made himself equal with God.

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Singing the Faith 466

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Psalm 67

A Song of Thanksgiving

1God, be merciful to us and bless us;

look on us with kindness,

2so that the whole world may know your will;

so that all nations may know your salvation.

3May the peoples praise you, O God;

may all the peoples praise you!

4May the nations be glad and sing for joy,

because you judge the peoples with justice

and guide every nation on earth.

5May the peoples praise you, O God;

may all the peoples praise you!

6The land has produced its harvest;

God, our God, has blessed us.

7God has blessed us;

may all people everywhere honour him.

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