Sermon: Friday 3rd July

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

John 20:24-29

Jesus and Thomas

24One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (called the Twin), was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

Thomas said to them, “Unless I see the scars of the nails in his hands and put my finger on those scars and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

26A week later the disciples were together again indoors, and Thomas was with them. The doors were locked, but Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands; then stretch out your hand and put it in my side. Stop your doubting, and believe!”

28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

29Jesus said to him, “Do you believe because you see me? How happy are those who believe without seeing me!”


Singing the Faith 316

   1      When Easter to the dark world came,
        fair flowers glowed like scarlet flame:
            at Eastertide, at Eastertide,
            O glad was the world at Eastertide.

   2      When Mary in the garden walked,
        and with her risen Master talked:

   3      When John and Peter in their gloom
        met angels at the empty tomb:

   4      When ten disciples met in fear,
        then ‘Peace' said Jesus, ‘I am here.'

   5      When Thomas' heart was hurt and grieved,
        then Jesus’ wounds his doubt relieved:

   6      And friend to friend in wonder said:
        ‘The Lord is risen from the dead!'

   7      This Eastertide with joyful voice
        we'll sing: ‘The Lord is King!  Rejoice!'
            At Eastertide, at Eastertide,
            O sing, all the world, for Eastertide.

W. H. Hamilton (1886–1958)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 316
Words: © Oxford University Press.  Reproduced by permission.  All rights reserved.


Psalm 31:1-6

A Prayer of Trust in God

1I come to you, LORD, for protection;

never let me be defeated.

You are a righteous God;

save me, I pray!

2Hear me! Save me now!

Be my refuge to protect me;

my defence to save me.

3You are my refuge and defence;

guide me and lead me as you have promised.

4Keep me safe from the trap that has been set for me;

shelter me from danger.

5I place myself in your care.

You will save me, LORD;

you are a faithful God.

6You hate those who worship false gods,

but I trust in you.

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